C.A. Seward

1884 - 1939

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Bror Julius Olsson (B.J.O.) Nordfeldt  and Seward were most likely introduced to each other by Kansas born painter, Provincetown based, John Noble after Nordfelt had joined the Provincetown Art Colony in Massachusetts in about 1914.  Nordfelt was born in Sweden and in 1891 he immigrated to the United States with his family. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and for three weeks at the Academie Julian in Paris. He learned etching and woodblock printing in London from Frank M. Fletcher and during this time, exhibited at the Royal Academy.  In 1903, he returned to Chicago, and then moved to New York in 1907, but his first solo exhibition of paintings of regional subject matter was in Chicago in 1911.By 1914, he began spending summers in Provincetown, New York where he started a school of art.. There he developed the “White-line” print technique for which many Provincetown printmakers became known, including Blanche Lazell and Tod Lindenmuth. Seward must have admired Nordfeldt’s innovation for he included an explanation of  the “white-line” technique in his introduction to the catalog for the American Block Print Exhibition that was held in Wichita in 1928. After World War One, Nordfeldt visited his artist friend, William Penhallow Henderson in Santa Fe where he settled in 1919. Nordfeldt became a member of  the Taos Society of Arts in 1921. He participated in a number of group exhibitions, but because of the high costs of both gallery commissions and shipping, refused to have shows in New York. His prints were the main source of his income until 1926, after which time he was primarily known as a painter.

Nordfeldt taught at the Wichita Art Association for at least 3 years, 1934-37, the Minneapolis School of Art in 1933, and other schools in the Midwest during the mid and late 1930s. During the time he was in Wichita, Nordfelt lived with Bill and Betty Dickerson (Director & Instructor at the Wichita Art Association) and frequently visited Seward.  He used both the printing studio at the Art Association, Dickerson’s studio as well as the studio that banker, painter Ed Davison had built in his home.  During the 1930s Nordfeldt also created lithographs for the Works Progress Administration.

In 1937, he moved to a farm in  New Jersey, close to the New York City art world, but by 1944 he had returned to the Midwest to teach again at the Minneapolis School of Art. Throughout this time he continued to travel, including visits to California and New Mexico.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

December 29, 1927

Dear Mr. Seward:

Your letter arrived this morning and I am sending by return mail herewith the list of wood


I don’t like the idea of mixing the two different methods as I much prefer my later prints I am

sending, as you will see, only ones done by my own single-block method and ten of them. It

seems a large number from one man, but you asked for it!

Mrs. Nordfeldt joins me in cordial greetings to you and Mrs. Seward and in thanks for your most attractive Christmas card. I have found myself so busy just at Christmas time for the past three years that I have made no card but I hope the friends of whom we often think will take our good wishes for granted.


B.J.O. Nordfeldt

1/31/29 (1929)

Mr. C.A. Seward

1534 North Holyoke

Wichita, Kansas

My Dear Seward:

The etchings, thirty-two in number, went off yesterday, including six new ones never

before shown. I hope they will arrive safely and in time for your exhibition, and that you will

have all possible success.

With kindest regards to you and Mrs. Seward, I am

Very truly yours,


Santa Fe, N. Mex

Aug 5th 1930

My Dear Seward: I have had only four or five experiments with the lithographic plate - I do not

know that either of them would be of any particular value in your book. However, I’ll send you

one, if you want to use it go ahead. I have been much more interested in painting and watercolors this last year than in anything else - so all black and white work has been pushed to one side - just now I hope forever.

Kindest regards to you and Mrs. Seward - and all my friends in Wichita.



(Reference is to C.A. Seward’s book, “Metal Plate Lithography for Artists and Draftsmen”

published in 1931 by the Pencil Points Press, Inc., New York.)

Seward - B.J.O. Nordfeldt, 1878 - 1955

Exhibition Programs

Seward Studio and the Wichita Art Association

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Artists letters include:

Seward Studio and Wichita Art Association Exhibitions & purchases as well as Prairie Print Maker correspondence

John Taylor Arms

June 1937

October 1937

October 1938

George Elbert Burr

25 April 1922

Gustave Baumann

26 April 1922

John Noble

Bertha Jaques

June 1937

& news clipping ca 1921

Carl Oscar Borg

16 Nov 1926

B.J.O. Nordfeldt

December 1927

January 1929

August 1930

Maynard Dixon

2 Jan 1928

31 Oct 1934

Kenneth Adams

August 1929

December 1937

Frances Gearhart

abt 1930

Howell C. Brown


Stow Wengenroth


John Noble

Tod Lindenmuth




1934 re: Prairie Print Makers

Herbert Pullinger



Artist Letters an IntroductionArts_Artist_lttrs.html