The artist's father, Thomas Edmund Greacen, arrived in New York from Scotland in 1868 and became active in the shoe business. Soon he married Isabella Wiggins, "the daughter of a wealthy New York family; applied her capital and his own shrewd judgment to the wholesale shoe trade, and prospered." The family holdings expanded: "There was a brownstone at 6 West 50th Street. . . [and] a farm in Sullivan County where the four children spent their summers" (Knudsen, 1972, p. 5). One of these children, the second of three sons, Edmund W. Greacen, the future painter, was born on 18 September 1876, the year of the great Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Growing up in a relatively affluent household, Edmund first attended
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