EDWARD DARLEY BOIT(American, 1840-1916)
Edward Darley Boit was born in Boston in 1840. He graduated from Harvard in 1863; then graduated from Harvard Law School and in 1864 was admitted into the Massachusetts Bar. Boit lived in Newport, Rhode Island, with his wife Mary Louisa Cushing from 1864 until 1871, when he began studying art in Europe. While in Europe Boit developed a very close friendship with the American painter John Singer Sargent. Boit and Sargent exhibited together during their later careers while in Boston and New York. In 1882, Sargent, living in Paris near the Boits, painted one of his best-known works, “Daughters of Edward Darley Boit”. The later years of his life were primarily spent in Paris and in 1914-1915 he went to Rome where he died.