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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Listening to the Sphinx (1863) - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Listening to the Sphinx (1863)
Fortuna - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Fortuna
Memory (1870) - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Memory (1870)
Marsyas Enchanting the Hares - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Marsyas Enchanting the Hares
Cliffs of Volterra - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Cliffs of Volterra
Fisherman and the Genie, c.1863 - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Fisherman and the Genie, c.1863
Medusa, 1867 - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Medusa, 1867
Bordighera, Italy - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Bordighera, Italy
Death of Abel - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Death of Abel
Rome, Representative of the Arts: design for decoration... - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Rome, Representative of the Arts: design for decoration...
Greek Girls Bathing - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Greek Girls Bathing
Wedding Procession 1872-1875 - Elihu Vedder - www.elihuvedder.org
Wedding Procession 1872-1875

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