Lewis, Edmund Darch

Philadelphia artist Edmund Darch Lewis was born in 1835.  He lived in the city all his life and maintained a studio on Walnut Street through the 1890's.

Lewis studied painting for five years under Paul Weber, another Philadelphia artist who, during the middle of the nineteenth century, enjoyed a reputation as a prominent regional landscape painter.  Although greatly influenced by Weber, Lewis became an adept landscape painter in his own right.  Working in the style of Thomas Cole and Fredrick Erwin Church, Lewis was concerned with minute details and paid scrupulous attention to the forms of nature.  He depicted scenes of Pennsylvania, New England, Cape May and Atlantic City.

In 1854, Lewis began to participate in the Annual Exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  He also exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York City and at the Boston Athenaeum.

Lewis's works are represented in many private and public collections, including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Union League of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery.