Two (2) paintings by John Albert Seaford (NC/Indiana, 1858-1936), including possible Indiana scenes. 1st item: Watercolor summer landscape scene, likely Indiana, depicting a stream in a meadow with flowers, foreground, with trees in the background, beneath a blue sky. Signed lower left and titled "Summer" on label en verso. Housed in a dark wood frame with gilt and gadrooned rabbet edge. Sight – 15" H x 21" W. Framed – 27 3/4" H x 34" W. 2nd item: Pastel on paper painting depicting a city or village with clock tower and tunnel leading through the outside entrance of the city gate. Signed lower left. Housed in a painted wood frame. Sight – 13" H x 17 1/2" W. Framed – 22" H x 26 3/4" W. Biography: "A profound interest in architectural detail, old buildings and the countryside led John Albert Seaford to record historical views in and around Richmond, Indiana and in seaport towns such as Boston, Massachusetts. Seaford split his time between Richmond and Boston, the two cities he loved and claimed were the most attractive places to live. It was in Boston where he spent most of his time as an illustrator, illustrating books for Radcliff College, Dartmouth, Harvard and the city of Boston. He worked as an illustrator for the Boston Herald where his works would appear often on the front page of the newspaper. An early member of the Art Association of Richmond, he exhibited his paintings yearly in the Annual Exhibit by Indiana Artists. Among his favorites places to paint were old sections of Richmond and Centerville, Indiana as well as Glen Miller Park. His work can be found in the permanent collection of the Richmond Art Museum, Boston Public Library, and the University of Michigan." – Source: The Artists of Wayne County, Indiana (www.waynet.org). Provenance: by descent from Louise Whisenhunt, former director of the Art Association of Richmond, Indiana. CONDITION: 1st item: some toning to paper, with waviness noted to paper at matte. Scattered losses to frame liner. 2nd item: overall very good condition with some toning noted to matte.
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