Edwin Deakin was born in born Sheffield, England in 1838. A landscape and Spanish mission painter of scenes in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. He died in Berkeley, California in 1923.
Deakin received his art education in England and established himself as an architectural painter in England and France. He immigrated to Chicago and earned his living painting memorial portraits of Civil War heroes. In 1870, he opened a studio in San Francisco.
In the early 1870s Deakin turned his focus to painting landscape scenes at Lake Tahoe, the Green River in Wyoming, and the Wasatch Range of Utah. Great Salt Lake Near Black Rock Garfield Pier and Pavilion is an example of his work. Deakin's work is included in exhibitions at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco (1940), The Oakland Museum (1962, 1971), and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (1981).
Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.
Edwin Deakin (1838-1923), was an itinerant painter of small landscape and still-life scenes in oils. He was born in Sheffield, England, and immigrated to the United States sometime before the Civil War. He lived in Chicago for awhile, but hearing of the wonders of California he and his wife moved to the West Coast in 1870. The Deakins then established themselves in Berkley, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Edwin Deakin eventually became a member of the art association there in 1879. He also became a specialist in the painting of the twenty-one uniquely beautiful Spanish missions of California, established by the Franciscans in early days, and two of his paintings became known internationally when he competed in the Paris Salon. Deakin also painted elsewhere, and in 1883 he was in Salt Lake City where he spent time sketching and painting scenes in the surrounding canyons, views of various mills in the area and other landscape settings.
Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.
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