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Edward Wilkins Waite's landscapes in oils are often of his home country in Surrey.
Following the tradition of English landscapists like John Constable
and J.W. Turner, Waite approached landscapes with a mannered naturalism,
and often bathes his pieces in an idyllic golden light.
The artistic tradition already existed in Edward Wilkins Waite's
family. His grandfather, William Watkins Waite, was a miniaturist, and
his father, a Congregationalist minister, did a bit of amateur
watercolour painting. He was born in Letterhead, in the Surrey Hills in
He traveled to Canada in the 1870's after his primary education,
where he worked as a lumberjack for two years sketching his journey.
When he returned he started to paint more academically, submitting two
paintings to the RA in 1878. He ended up showing forty-six pieces at the
Royal Academy, and he was elected a member of the Royal Society of
British Artists in 1893. He often showed at the Suffolk Street
He married twice in his lifetime and had many children. He died in Sussex in 1924.
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