J H Wade
(1811 - 1890)
J. H. Wade was active/lived in Ohio. J Wade is known for itinerant portrait painting, daguerreotype.
J. H. Wade
Biography from the Archives of askART
One of Cleveland's early art benefactors, Jeptha Homer Wade was born in
Romulus, Seneca County, New York, August 11, 1811. He received
instruction during the early 1830's from the portrait painter Randall
Palmer. He was married to Rebecca Facer in 1832.
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early death in 1835, he led a semi-itinerant life, painting portraits
in New York and possibly Louisiana. About 1840, while in Adrian,
Michigan, he branched out into the new field of Daguerreotyping and, in
1846 established a studio in Milan, Ohio. After his studio was
destroyed by fire only a year later, he jumped into the burgeoning
field of telegraphy and eventually became president of Western Union.
his retirement he devoted much of his life to Cleveland's social and
cultural improvement. From 1881 to 1886, he was president of the
Cleveland Academy of Art, part of the Cleveland Art Club. In 1882 he
donated to the city a large tract of land, now called Wade Park, where
the Cleveland Museum of Art stands.
He died in Cleveland, August 9, 1890.
Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher of Lansing, Michigan.
Mary S. Haverstock, Timeline, Ohio Historical Society, March - June 2003; Haverstock, Mary S., Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900, Kent State University Press, 2000.
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