James Henry Beard
1811-1893


James Henry Beard
(1811-1893)
James Henry Beard was born in Buffalo, New York in 1811. He was known for his portraits of children and their pets early in his career and turned to genre and animal painting. He was an honorary member of the National Academy of Design from 1848 to 1860 and a full member until his death. He became a painter at 17 and worked in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, New Orleans, and other Southern cities before opening a studio in Cincinnati in 1834. He traveled between Cincinnati, New York, and New Orleans before permanently moving to New York in 1870 where he spent the remainder of his life.

Studied
Jarvis Frary Hanks, Painesville, OH, 1825.

Member
NA (hon. Mem., 1848-60; full mem. 1872-93); Century Club, NYC (charter mem.).

Exhibited
New Orleans, studio of Theodore Sidney Moise, 1843; Apollo Assoc.; American Art Union; NAD, 1846-90; Brooklyn AA, 1873-83; Centennial Expo., Phila., 1876; Southern Art Union, New Orleans, 1882; Cincinnati Western Union, 1849; Soc. For Promotion of Useful Knowledge, 1841, 1842; Boston AC, 1888; CGA, 1950; Denver AM, 1951; Nat. Collection FA, Washington, DC, 1976; Cincinnati Art Mus., 1923, 1942.

Work
Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. (Cincinnati); Cincinnati Art Mus.

Resources
Who’s Who in American Art, 248.