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|Edwin Billings was born November 20, 1824, to wheelwright Ira Billings and Eunice Tryon of Massachusetts. He lived in Montgomery, Alabama, intermittently ca.1850-1859; and in Worcester, Massachusetts, ca.1854-1856. He "first visited Worcester in 1854. |
Billings painted several important Worcester residents, including John Davis and Stephen Salisbury. His work hung in many public buildings including the Worcester County Courthouse and Mechanics Hall."
He moved to Boston in the 1860s, working in the Studio Building* on Tremont Street ca.1864-1891. In the 1874 exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, Billings showed several paintings, including Child and Kitten and Children and Rabbits. His work also appeared in the 1887 National Academy of Design* exhibit.
Billings married Frances E. Keller in 1867. Friends included painter George Fuller, with whom he travelled in the southern United States. Among Billings' possessions was a copy of Walt Whitman's Two Rivulets, annotated by Whitman, and notably auctioned for a relatively high sum in 1909.
Portrait subjects included:
? Ira Billings, father of E.T. Billings
? James Freeman Clarke
? Alpheus Crosby
? Thomas Russell Crosby
? John Davis
? George Fuller
? Helen Eliza Benson Garrison, wife of W.L. Garrison
? William Lloyd Garrison
? Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
? Abraham Lincoln
? Maria Mitchell
? Andrew Preston Peabody
? Abigail Lord Rogers
? Stephen Salisbury
? Daniel Webster
? Calvin Willard
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