Edwin Lord Weeks (1849-1903)

Portrait of Edwin Lord Weeks from Edwin Lord Weeks: Visions of India by Ulrich W. Heizinger, published by Vance Jordan Fine Art Inc., New York, 2002.

The Weeks family lived in Newton in the 1870s, and Edwin attended Newton schools. At 21 he opened a studio in Newton but left the next year to study in Paris, where he trained with Leon Bonnat and developed a particular interest in oriental subject matter. Throughout his career, Weeks traveled far from his New England home but returned frequently to show his work. According to Vance Jordan, in the foreward to Edwin Lord Weeks, Visions of India, "Weeks lays claim, both in his lifetime and now, to being the greatest American Orientalist [yet] he remains little known to the majority of scholars and collectors in the field of American painting."