C.A. Seward

1884 - 1939

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Adams, Clinton. American Lithographers, 1900-1960: The Artists and Their Printers. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1983. Seward is discussed on page 154.

Bentz, Albert W. “Wichita Artist Uses Mexican Village Theme in Creating Gift Print This Year for Prairie Print Makers; Given Numerous Honors,” The Wichita Eagle, 20 December 1936.

“C.A. Seward, Noted Wichita Artist, Is Claimed by Death.” The Wichita Eagle. 1 February 1939.

Obituary. (additional news clippings dating from 1900 - 1939 from the Seward Family scrapbook were sources for this site)

Craig, Susan V., compiler. Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) [ebook]. KU Scholarworks.

Davison, Faye. “What I Know About Kansas Artists.” Kansas Magazine (1933): 43-48.

C.A. Seward, Bruce Moore, William Dickerson, Merrell Gage, Ken Adams, Birger Sandzén, and Ed Davison are discussed.

Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West. A Biographical Dictionary. Vol. 1. Chicago: Sage Books/Swallow Press, 1974. Seward is listed on page 210.

“Expositions of Newport and of the Cincinnati Museum – C.A. Seward.” Revue du Vrai et cu Beau. Paris January (1925). Reproductions of three Seward prints on the inside pages, and the frontispiece was the lithograph Poplars at Santa Fe.

Falk, Peter Hastings, editor. Who Was Who in American Art–400 Years of Artists in America. Vol. 3. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999. Biographies compiled from 34 volumes of American Art Annual. Seward is listed on page 2979.

Foltz, Lloyd C. “Three Men of Kansas, Sandzen, Seward and Hall in the Paris Exposition.” Community Arts & Crafts 1, no. 12 (1928): 5-6.

Gleissner, Stephen, and Novelene Ross. Wichita Art Museum, 75 Years of American Art.

Wichita, KS: Wichita Art Museum, 2009. Seward's role in the architectural design of the        

    museum and as a promoter and mentor of artists discussed on pages 13, 160, 187, and    


Helm, John Jr. “Album of C.A. Seward Prints.” Kansas Magazine (1940): following 112.

A posthumus tribute to Seward. An unpaginated twelve-page spread includes

reproductions of Glorietta Canyon, Sunshine and Showers, Twilight (identified as “Blockprint”), Elk Valley Farm, Land of Mystery, Three Geese, Adobe Village, Grasshopper Peak, Sunshine and Shadow, Summer, and Washerwoman’s Alley.

Hotvedt, Clarence A. “ C.A. Seward - An Appreciation.” The Palette (1936): 7-11.

A tribute to Seward on the occasion of his honorary membership in Delta Phi Delta art fraternity, and for the graphic prize for his print, Grasshopper Peak.

Kirkman, Kay. Wichita, A Pictorial History. Norfolk, VA: Donning Company, 1981.

A photograph of Seward is on page 21, notes that he was a charter member of the Wichita Art Association, and president in 1930-31.

Kistler, Aline. “The National Survey.” Prints 6, no. 5 (1936): 240-250.

Seward is listed as one of ten most influential printmakers in the Midwestern region according to a survey conducted by the magazine.

Hoagland, Willard. "Prints in the Middle West." Prints 6, no. 5 (1936): 266-271.

Mentions Wichita as a printmaking center led by Seward.

Murdock, Marsh M. “The Lithographs of C. A. Seward.” The Print Connoisseur Vol 5, no. 3 (1925): 194-207. (The Print Connoisseur published illustrated articles on contemporary etchers and engravers on a quarterly basis from January, 1920 to December, 1931. During its decade of publishing such major artists as George Elbert Burr, Frank Benson, C.A. Seward, Norman Kent, Lynd Ward, Harry Winkler, Voitech Preissig, Alan Lewis and J. J. Lankes contributed original etchings and woodcuts. This New York based publication was thus responsible for commissioning some of the finest original art of early 20th Century America.)

Volume 5, 3rd Quarter of 1925 contains a review of Seward’s work including a commissioned lithograph insert, Kansas Cottonwood, images of five other prints, and a catalog.

North, Bill, Elizabeth G. Seaton, and Karal Ann Marling. The Prairie Print Makers: An Exhibition. Edited by David Conrads and Pamela Evans. Kansas City, MO: ExhibitsUSA, Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2001.

Includes essays about the print club, reproductions of Prairie Print Maker gift prints, and short biographies with select bibliographic citations for each of the gift print artists.

"Perpetuating a work that has gained nationwide attention since its organization here by the late C.A. Seward, Wichita commercial artist, the Prairie Print Makers was reorganized last week." The Wichita Beacon. 15 September 1940.

“Prints.” In Arts and Crafts of Kansas. Lawrence, KS: printed by the World Company, 1948: 43-51.

The catalog of an exhibition held in Lawrence held in conjunction with the

Festival of Arts and Crafts that included biographies of artists biographies of artists, architects, authors and composers. Seward’s print On the Road to the Pueblo is reproduced in the print listing and a photo by Seward of Sandzén is reproduced on page 13.

Rees, Amanda, “The Great Plains Region.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004.

Seward is discussed on pages 50-51.

Reinbach, Ena, compiler. “Kansas Art and Artists.” Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society–1926-28. Vol. 17. Edited by Wm. Elsey Connelley. Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society 1928. Seward is listed on page 582.

Samuels, Peggy, and Harold Samuels. The Illustrated Biogaphical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West. New York: Doubleday & Co., 1976. Seward is listed on page 549.

Sandzén, Birger, as told to John A. Bird. "C.A. Seward - Promoter of Kansas Art." The Kansas Magazine (1937): 1-5. Seward’s lithograph Elk Valley Farm is the frontispiece.

Stone, George M. “C. [S]. Seward’s Pictures.” Community Arts and Crafts 1, no. 5 (1928): 4.

An appreciation of C. A. Seward to accompany a reproduction of Seward's lithograph, Yucca, which had just received the gold medal at the Midwestern Artists exhibition.

Snow, Florence. “Kansas Art and Artists.” The Kansas Teacher 27 (January 1929): 14-15.

Part of a series. This installment is a discussion of Seward’s work and career and includes reproductions of Poplars at Santa Fe, Summer, and Sunshine and Shadow.

Tsutsui, William, and Marjorie Swann. “Kansans and the Visual Arts.” Kansas History 25 (Winter 2002/2003): 272-295. A review of art historical study on Kansas art and artists.

Whittemore, Margaret. “C.A. Seward, Printmaker.” Prints 4, no. 1 (1933): 28-35.

         “Notes on Some Kansas Artists.” Kansas Magazine (1934): 41-45.

Includes discussion about the Prairie Print Makers.

Thompson-O'Neill, Barbara, and George C. Foreman, The Prairie Print Makers. Topeka: Kansas Arts Commission, 1981.Includes a history of the organization, and biographies of the ten founding charter members, based on interviews with some of the members and original letters and papers.


Articles about Seward and his work also appeared in newspapers throughout the United States including the Kansas City Star, Wichita Beacon, Wichita Eagle, Topeka Daily Capital, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Brooklyn Daily.

Seward - Bibliography, reviews & publications

a selected list with annotations