Edward Emerson SIMMONS

Edward Emerson SIMMONS

An American from the Boston area (Concord, Massachusetts) who arrived in St Ives in 1887 via Concarneau, and began to exhibit locally and nationally. In 1890 he showed two works at the Dowdeswell Exhibition, and that same year he bravely challenged the Royal Academy on their hanging and selling policies in relation to the paintings they accepted for exhibition.

An account of the conflict is included in Whybrow (St Ives, Portrait of a Colony pp 37-8), and this marked a kind of watershed in the RA hegemony, after which artists began to look around for additional exhibiting spaces for their work. He was married to Vesta S SIMMONS (nee Shallenberger) and their home address was at Trelyon, Halsetown, but the address given for submissions to shows was 23 The Terrace, St Ives, Cornwall - perhaps their working studio. His latest address (Graves 1893) was given as Paris. He died in Baltimore, Maryland.


Painter of figures, landscapes, murals and marine subjects

works and access

Works include: John Anderson, My Jo, John; Darby and Joan; A Roman MatronCoast of Cornwall


Lanham's August 1889; Paris; Dowdeswell; RA; SS; NW


The Cornishman 1 Aug 1889


Census 1891

Dowdeswell Exhibition catalogue (see Hardie 2009 for repr)


Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p345)

Johnson & Greutzner

Newton et al Painting at the Edge

Sharf & Wright CEL Green

Whybrow St Ives (Photo of pencil portrait of artist, 1890);  Remembering St Ives

C Wood Victorian Painters