Edward Washburn, a portrait and genre painter, began painting portraits at Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1851. He returned to Arkansas after further studies, and in 1858, he painted his best-known work, The Arkansas Traveler.
He lived in New Dwight, Oklahoma, 1831 to 1840, and from 1840 in New York City, Norristown, Pennsylvania and Arkansas. He spent eighteen months in New York City studying with Charles E. Elliott and at the National Academy of Design.
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art, 1999