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Portrait - Elihu Vedder
Portrait

Elihu Vedder (1836 - 1923) was an American symbolist painter, book illustrator, and poet, born in New York City.

He is best known for his fifty-five illustrations for Edward FitzGerald's translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (deluxe edition, published by Houghton Mifflin).

Elihu Vedder was born February 26, 1836 in New York City, the son of Dr. Elihu Vedder Sr. and Elizabeth Vedder. His parents were cousins. His father, a dentist, decided to try his luck in Cuba and this had a profound impact on Elihu Jr.'s childhood. The remainder of his childhood was spent between his maternal grandfather Alexander Vedder's house in Schenectady and a boarding school. His mother supported his goals to be an artist while his father reluctantly assented, convinced that his son should try a different occupation. His brother, Dr. Alexander Madison Vedder, was a Navy surgeon who witnessed the transformation of Japan into a modern culture while he was stationed there.

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The Water Nymph - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
The Water Nymph
The Cumaean Sibyl, 1876 - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
The Cumaean Sibyl, 1876
The Three Fates - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
The Three Fates
The Sorrowing Soul Between Doubt and Faith (1884) - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
The Sorrowing Soul Between Doubt and Faith (1884)
The Cup of Death - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
The Cup of Death
The Morning Glory, 1899 - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
The Morning Glory, 1899
Underwater Fantasy - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Underwater Fantasy
The Dead Medusa - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
The Dead Medusa
Soul in Bondage 1891-1892 - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Soul in Bondage 1891-1892
Superest Invictus Amor - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Superest Invictus Amor
The Sphinx of the Seashore (1879-80) - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
The Sphinx of the Seashore (1879-80)
The Venetian Model - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
The Venetian Model
Dawn - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Dawn
Listening to the Sphinx - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Listening to the Sphinx
Lair of the Sea Serpent - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Lair of the Sea Serpent
Dominicans. A Convent Garden, near Florence - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Dominicans. A Convent Garden, near Florence
Japanese Still Life - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Japanese Still Life
Roman Model Posing - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Roman Model Posing
Aesop's Fable, The Miller - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Aesop's Fable, The Miller
The Dead Alchemist 1868 - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
The Dead Alchemist 1868
Head of Minerva - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Head of Minerva
The Greek Actor's Daughter - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
The Greek Actor's Daughter
Dancing Girl - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Dancing Girl
Street Scene at Capri - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Street Scene at Capri
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