(1834 - 1922)
James Madison Alden was active/lived in California, Florida, Massachusetts. James Alden is known for topographic landscape, survey sketches-history.
Regarded as one of the most highly accomplished of the expedition survey artists, James Madison Alden did numerous drawings, opaque and transparent watercolors. A large body of his work exists, and it is possible to see a style evolving from tight renderings to more stylized works where he simplifies land contours into flowing lines.
From 1854-1857, he served with the Pacific Coast Survey, commanded by his uncle, James Madison (1810-1877) and painted numerous watercolors from Mare Island to Santa Barbara, traveling up and down the West Coast. He recorded scenes, working from the ship, and also traveled to inland areas such as the Sierras and Yosemite.
He served in the Civil War and later lived in Annapolis and Washington DC
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