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  Harbor Scene by John Albert SeafordA 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.

Seaford would spend his winters in Richmond where his work could be found on display at Price Confectionary or in the Starr Piano Store. An early member of the Art Association of Richmond, he exhibited his paintings yearly in the Annual Exhibit by Indiana Artists. Although well known in Richmond, Seaford has all but been forgotten in Boston despite his numerous illustrated publications on Boston and Old Seaport Towns in New England. A recent exhibition in 1997, found no information regarding John Albert Seaford in the Boston Museum of Fine Art archives.

He has left both towns with an historic legacy of our architecture and natural beauty. He recorded many brilliant buildings and homes which no longer stand, justified by progress and growth. A strong draftsman and eye for color and shading, made his works highly desirable by local residents. Among his favorites places to paint were old sections of Richmond and Centerville, Indiana as well as Glen Miller Park. Most of his works remain in private homes with a few represented in the permanent collection of the Richmond Art Museum, Boston Public Library, Morrison-Reeves and the University of Michigan.

 
   
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Harbor Scene by John Albert Seaford
Morrisson-Reeves Library Collection

"Landscape" by John Albert Seaford
Morrisson-Reeves Library Collection
Seaport image by John Seaford
Richmond Art Museum Collection
Earlham Hall
Earlham College Permanent Art Collection
 
         
 
Morrisson-Reeves Library Collection
       
           
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Born: 1858
Died: 1936

Preferred Media: Painter, Illustrator

Additional Information & Images:

Sources:

  • ___The Richmond School; Presented by Jay County Arts Council and the Art Association of Richmond, September, 1985.

  • Newton, Judith Vale and Carol Weiss, A Grand Tradition: The Art and Artists of the Hoosier Salon, 1925-1990. Indianapolis, Indiana: Hoosier Salon Patrons Association, Inc., 1993.

 

John Albert Seaford - Copyright Richmond Art Museum
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