C.A. Seward

1884 - 1939

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Images above:  Howell Chambers Brown, “Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe,” lithograph (Conrad Graeber Fine Art), “Chinese New Year,” etching and “Temple of Zoraster,” etching.

Howell Chambers Brown and his brother Benjamin were born in Arkansas, they studied at the University of Tennessee and at the St Louis School of Fine Arts. They then spent a year in Paris at the Academy Julian.  After returning to the United States they eventually settled in Pasadena 1896.  Together they co-founded the Printmakers of Los Angeles in 1914 which became part 

of  the California society of Printmakers. By 1916 they had become members of the Chicago Society of Etchers.  They were both acquaintances of Seward’s most likely through his association with the California Society of Printmakers or possibly more of the many friendships Seward developed through his connections in Chicago.  When Frances Gearhart resigned the Editorship of the newsletter for the California Society of Printmakers, Howell Brown assumed the position.  This letter is a continuation of the discussion of the article Seward had been asked to write for the newsletter.  Brown also writes about a print that Seward had sent to him as well as an exhibition of Brown’s work at the Art Association.

(Letterhead - Howell C. Brown, 120 N. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, California)

May 4, 1930

My Dear Mr. Seward,

First of all let me thank you for your print sent for my portfolio - I like it and am glad to

have it not only for the good work but for the thought which prompted your sending it as well.

The members certainly showed most royally that they appreciated the work I did.

I suppose you noted that Miss Gearhart resigned the Editorship and they asked me to take

her place for the rest of the year? She turned your article over to me and I will make use of it in

the next letter. I may have to boil it down a little but I notice you gave her free rein in that regard.

Her eyes are giving her a lot of trouble and she did not feel that she could carry on any longer.

It seems funny to be back in harness again but with Mrs. Osburn doing the secretarial

work the rest is easy.

With kindest regards from my brother and me I am

Most Sincerely yours

Howell C. Brown


Born in Marion, Arkansas, Benjamin Brown was a landscape painter and printmaker, known for his Impressionist landscapes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and fields of poppies. His primary mediums were oil, lithography and etching, although he also did watercolor painting throughout his career. Brown was educated at the University of Tennessee and at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts with Paul Harney and John Fry. His early interest was photography. In 1890, accompanied by friend William Griffith, he went to Paris for a year of study with Jean Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant at the Academy Julian. Returning to the United States, he lived in St. Louis, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Texas. His early specialties were portraiture and still lifes, but moving to Pasadena in 1896, he turned to local landscape and also painted the Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert in Arizona. In 1914, he began doing etchings, and with his brother, Howell, co-founded the Printmakers of Los Angeles, later known as the California Society of Printmakers. Exhibition venues included the Seattle Exposition in 1909 and the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. He was a member of the California Art Club and the Pasadena Society of Artists. He died in Pasadena in 1942.



Seward - Howell Chambers Brown, 1880 - 1954

Exhibition Programs

Seward Studio and the Wichita Art Association

Return to Seward - Arts Advocatehttp://casewardprintmaker.com/C.A._Seward_1884-1939/Arts_Advocate.html

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 Jacques

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


Todd Lindenmuth




1934 re: Prairie Print Makers

Herbert Pullinger



Artist Letters an IntroductionArts_Artist_lttrs.html

Etchings of Benjamin Brown: “Clouds and Peaks High Sierras “and “Big Pines Glacier,” etchings.