C.A. Seward

1884 - 1939

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Seward - paintings & sculpture


Seward began drawing as a child and soon made small paintings as gifts for his mother and family members.  One of his first paintings depicted the buildings his grandfather, Dr. Bohrer erected of sod when he first settled in Kansas in 1873.  Seward’s first formal art instruction occurred when he attended Washburn College and studied with George Melville Stone a Kansas born, but European trained painter. The watercolor of Edward Hoch, Governor of Kansas was done most likely before Seward left Chase to study at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.  Other paintings soon followed.  Until he began making prints in about 1919, Seward’s efforts were primarily directed at improving his skill as a painter.  His subject matter varied from traditional still life and landscape studies to efforts to record his fascination with Western American history and Native Americans.  As noted below most of Seward’s paintings are in the collections of his descendants.  The 1920 painting titled “Wichita in 1869” was made to exhibit in the art display at the Kansas Wheat Show in 1920.  A group of the members of the Sedgwick County Pioneer Society purchased this painting and it is now in the collection of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.  Another of Seward’s large paintings was a commission done for the the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of AF&AM of Kansas.

The photos below are the paintings by C.A. Seward that have been found.  It is known that others exist. The dimensions when known are give in inches. To view a list of all the known paintings click here.