13.5 x 17.25 inches
Sword was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; however, he spent most of his childhood in Macao, China. He completed his high school education in Philadelphia, followed by a stint working for a civil engineer. His early “hands on” engineering work included a survey of the Atchafalaya Bay (Louisiana), enlarging the Union Canal (Middletown to Reading, Pennsylvania), and excavating a railroad tunnel (Pennsylvania). Sword sketched in his spare time and in his twenties he turned to art full-time. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and also took private lessons from George Washington Nicholson, the noted Pennsylvania landscape painter. Although Philadelphia remained his home-base, he traveled to the Adirondack Mountains (New York), Lake George (New York), White Mountains (New Hampshire), Newport (Rhode Island), and the Jersey Shore to paint. He was a popular and versatile artist, painting portraits, landscapes, seascapes, genre, and sporting art. His portrait of J.W. Jones, U. S. Speaker of the House (1835-1845) still hangs in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. Sword exhibited widely, including the Chicago 1892 World’s Columbian Exhibition, Boston Art Club, National Academy of Design, Brooklyn Art Association, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.