American Sporting Art

3278 Franklin Ave.
Millbrook NY, 12545
Phone: 845-605-1130

James Brade Sword (American 1839 – 1915)

Still-life of Woocock Pair

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.

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Belvoir Gallery - American Sporting Art
3278 Franklin Ave.
Millbrook NY, 12545
Phone: 845-605-1130