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.
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.