Edward Alfred Cucuel (1875?1954) was born in San Francisco, California. He is best known for his paintings of sunny genre scenes of boating, afternoon tea, sleeping or reading in landscape setting. At the age of 14, Edward Cucuel attended the School of Design in San Francisco. His father was a newspaper publisher and as a teenager Edward Cucuel worked as an illustrator for a number of local newspapers. In1892 Edward Alfred Cucuel went to Paris and studied at the Academie Julian. In 1893, he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux?Arts as a student of Jean?Leon Gerome. Three years later he returned to the United States and settled in New York. Edward Cucuel died in Pasadena, CA in 1954.