Code: 2432


W: 70cm (27.6")H: 82cm (32.3")

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Edgar Melville Ward (American, 1839-1915)

'' Portraits ''

Oil on canvas

32 x 27.5 in (82 x 70 cm) framed approx


Fine large pair of 19th century oil on canvas portraits depicting a husband and wife by American artist Edgar Melville Ward. Excellent quality and condition portraits of the American couple dressed in black with white collars. Both signed and dated 1871 centre right. Presented in gilt frames. New York canvas stamps verso.


Ready to hang.

Artist information:

Born in Urbana, Ohio, Edgar Melville Ward, brother of sculptor John Quincy Ward, became a specialist in paintings depicting craftsmen with his paintings soundly realistic in execution. He was a leading genre painter in his day. Ward’s professional life was spent mainly in New York City, though he also spent some time in France painting in Brittany and several summers in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

While in Paris he trained with Alexandre Cabanel at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. The French government admired his work enough to purchase a painting on behalf of the nation. Edgar Melville Ward was also a highly respected art teacher. In 1889 Ward became instructor of drawing in the National Academy’s school, and in 1889 was appointed director of the school at the National Academy of Design. He held that post for 20 years.

Exhibited: Paris Salon (medal) 1876, 1878, 1879; NAD, 1868-1900; Brooklyn AA, 1879-86; PAFA Ann., 1879-83, 1898; Boston AC, 1880-90; William Bradford’s studio, Union Wharf, Fairhaven; NYC.