Edwin Longsden Long RA (1829-1891, British) was the son of an artist and born in Bath, Somerset, England. Long was a portrait painter also known for his English genre and Orientalist works. Long went to London where he studied art at the British Museum. Afterwards, he travelled to Spain where he became influenced by the paintings of Velasquez. In 1874, he travelled to Syria and Egypt where he became interested in romantic oriental scenes.