C.A. Seward

1884 - 1939

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Images above : John Taylor Arms, “The Dragon Ship,” 1922, “The Balcony, (Venetian Gateway),” 1931and “Afterglow (Geddington, England, Sketch) 1938 (all prints on this page are from Allinson Gallery)

John Taylor Arms and Seward shared a passion for generating public interest in printmaking.  This formed a strong base for their friendship. Four years after Seward,  Arms also wrote a book for the layman about printmaking (“Handbook of Printmaking and Prints,” 1934) They both spent time teaching and lecturing about printmaking and were active in printmakers societies.  Arms served at one time as the president of the American Society of Graphic Artists.  The letters between Arms and Seward that still exist focus on several topics, all related to this shared interest. One of the letters is Arms’ acceptance of an invitation to become an active member of the Prairie Print Makers.  They also corresponded about methods of recording prints sent for exhibitions and also about the possibility of Seward serving on a regional committee. 

John Taylor Arms was born in Washington D.C. He began his education at Princeton University but within two years transferred to MIT graduating in 1914 with a master’s degree in architecture. He supported his family with his work as an architect. This profession which required detailed drafting skills clearly influenced his work as a printmaker. His interest in etching began in 1913 when his wife gave him a kit of etching tools to use as a hobby.This hobby soon turned into a passion, and Arms began etching his way through New York, focusing on the Brooklyn Bridge and cityscapes. After exhausting his interest in New York City scenes, Arms focused more interest on the other side of the Atlantic. He took many trips to Europe and completed series of gargoyles, French cathedrals, Italian cathedrals and Venetian cityscapes. The consistency within these works is found in their intricacy. Using great detail, Arms gave his audience the opportunity to draw intimacy from his works. His prints are very specific and detailed depictions of simple subjects—a gargoyle, a church, an alleyway.

Seward - John Taylor Arms, 1887 - 1953

Exhibition Programs

Seward Studio and the Wichita Art Association

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



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