Edmund Henry Garrett was born in Albany, New York on October 19,1853 and died in Nedham, Mass. on April 2, 1929. There is no reference to his initial art education, which for a young artist, in the United States, was limited. He did receive some training while a member of the Boston Art Club. It was during the late 1870's that Garrett and Childe Hassam became a friend. He was the influence in Childe Hassam first study trip to Europe.
"In July 1883, the Studio Magazine reported that Hassam had gone abroad for several months with his good friend, the painter and illustrator, Edmund Garrett..." American Impressionism, by William Gerdts.pg.92.
While in Europe, they traveled to Great Britain, France, Italy and Spain. They studied the paintings of the old masters and did watercolors of the European countryside. They both returned to Boston. Hassam to his studio at 12 West Street, Boston. In the latter part of the year of 1883, Hassam exhibited sixty-seven watercolors in his first one-man show at Williams and Everett Gallery. It was a success and Hassam would continue using watercolor throughout his career. Edmund Garrett returned to his illustrations for various publishers. His work as an illustrator was very much in demand, keeping him from spending energy on his first love. In 1884, Edmund Garrett exhibited two watercolors at he Pennsylvania Academy. #274, "A Street in Granada" and #275, "El Mirador de la Reina, Alhambra".
Garrett was a member of the Boston Art Club, which started in 1840, and the Copley Society. He studied at the Academie Julian under Gustave Boulanger, Jules Lefebvre, Laurens and Leroux.
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