Waldo Peirce remained friends with EMH until Hemingway died in 1961 after meeting in Paris in 1926 or 1927. He was one of the few people who EMH remained in contact with from the Paris days. Peirce was born in Bangor, Maine in 1885 and died in 1970 at 85 years old. He graduated from Harvard where he had played football, but his vocation was painting. Peirce produced thousands of works throughout his long career. He and EMH had much in common: they were both artists–one with the brush, one with the pen, they were both multi-lingual, they had both served in the ambulance corps in World War I, they were both well-read and great storytellers, they both loved the outdoor life and adventure, they were both over 6 feet tall and wore beards off and on, and they were both married four times.
Peirce painted many scenes of him and Hemingway starting with a scene from Pamplona:
Peirce and EMH can be seen to the left of the first white pillar as they waited to jump into the arena after a pile up at the entrance after the running of the bulls.
Just like EMH, Peirce knew many famous people from Paris and before, such as John Reed, who was portrayed by Warren Beatty in the movie Reds. A story about Reed and Pierce written by William Gallagher in Harvard Magazine is as follows:
in 1910 he hopped a cattle boat, bound for England, with John Reed ’10, the future revolutionary. But Peirce changed his mind about the shipboard accommodations; he jumped from the vessel as it was leaving Boston harbor and swam ashore–an act that became a constant topic, with changing details, in interviews over the years. He then booked passage on another ship and reached England just in time to appear in court and save Reed from being charged with his murder.
The last picture of the two friends was supposedly on March 20, 1959 in Tucson, Arizona. Peirce was visiting his sister who lived there and he invited EMH to visit.