biography of Edgar Melville WARD (1839-1915)

Birth place: Urbana, OH

Death place: NYC

Addresses: NYC

Profession: Genre & landscape painter

Studied: his brother J.Q.A. Ward; Miami Univ.; NAD, 1865-70; …cole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, with A. Cabanel, 1872-74.

Exhibited: Paris Salon (medal) 1876, 1878, 1879; NAD, 1868-1900; Brooklyn AA, 1879-86; PAFA Ann., 1879-83, 1898; Boston AC, 1880-90; William Bradford's studio, Union Wharf, Fairhaven; NYC

Member: ANA, 1875; NA, 1883; Century

Work: MMA; Nat. Gal.; Luxembourg Mus., Paris

Comments: Younger brother of the sculptor John Quincy Adams Ward (see entry). He was a leading genre painter in his day. Ward's professional life was spent mainly in NYC, though he also spent some time in France painting in Brittany and several summers in Fairhaven, MA. In the summer of 1880 he painted genre scenes of Blacks in Virginia. In 1889 Ward became instructor in drawing in the National Academy's school.

Sources: G&W; CAB; Art Annual, XII, obit.; Clark, History of the NAD, 139; Graves, Dictionary; Clement and Hutton; WW10. More recently, see Wright, Artists in Virgina Before 1900; Blasdale, Artists of New Bedford, 202-203 (w/repro.); Fink, American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons, 402; Falk, Exh. Record Series.