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Lived/Active: New York/New Jersey / Chile      Known for: bucolic landscape and still life painting, illustration

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Animated View of Valparaiso Harbor
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A landscape painter and pioneer of daguerreotype, Jacob Ward was born in 1809 in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He was the son of Caleb Ward, an artist, and the brother of Charles V. Ward, with whom he traveled to South America.

In 1820, he exhibited for the first time at the National Academy of Design, where he continued to show his work sporadically. In the 1830s he drew illustrations for the medical texts of David Hosack, and also went into Virginia where he painted the Natural Bridge. In about 1836, he traveled West with a friend who had inherited property in Iowa.

On that trip he saw the headwaters of the Mississippi and made portrait sketches of Indians and also painted Saint Anthony Falls and Fort Snelling. The New York Mirror reproduced his Soaking Mountain on the Upper Mississippi, one of the most successful pictures resulting from that trip.

Ward was recommended for a position on the Wilkes Maritime Expedition, but for personal reasons remained at home.

In 1845-48, he made a trip to South America that had two objectives: to obtain a series of sketches for paintings of the South American landscape, and to join his brother Charles in Chile, where he had started a daguerreotype business.

In 1852 he exhibited at the National Academy with a London address, but nothing is known of a trip to England.

He spent much of his time in a studio building he erected near his home in Bloomfield, where he died in 1891.

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery:
JACOB CALEB WARD (1809-1891)

Born in Bloomfield, New Jersey, Jacob Caleb Ward was the son of the painter Caleb Ward and brother to Charles V. Ward. Though little is known of his formal training, he first exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1820; his work would be shown there periodically over the course of his career.

In the decades that followed, Ward worked as an illustrator, daguerreotypist, and landscape painter, traveling frequently throughout the Americas in search of subject matter for his brush. He was in Virginia in 1835 and painted a serene view of Virginia’s Natural Bridge.

He journeyed westward the following year, and it was on that trip that he recorded scenes of the Mississippi River and executed portraits of Native Americans. From 1845-48, Ward was in South America, sketching scenes for future easel compositions and assisting with his brother’s burgeoning daguerreotype studio in Chile.

This essay is copyrighted by the Charleston Renaissance Gallery and may not be reproduced or transmitted without written permission from Hicklin Galleries, LLC.

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