C.A. Seward

1884 - 1939

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Images above: Kenneth M. Adams, “Albreedia” lithograph ca 1931, “Dona Ascencione” lithograph, “The Brick Maker,” lithograph, ca 1931 (Legends Fine Art)

This image is a version of a lithograph that appears in Seward’s book, “Metal Plate Lithography”

Ken Adams was also a Kansas boy.  He was born in Topeka, Kansas,  and like Seward attended school at Washburn College and also studied with painter, George M. Stone.  Adams then went on to the Chicago Art Institute and the Art Students League in New York before traveling to Italy and France for further instruction. He summered in Woodstock, NY with Andrew Dasburg, painting the landscape and developing his skills as a modernist. In 1924 Adams moved to Taos to be with Dasburg and Walter Ufer. He was the last and youngest member of the Taos Society of Artists. Along with Dasburg, Adams was perhaps the most dedicated modernist of all of these artists. He developed a strong relationship with the Taos Indians, teaching at the University of New Mexico, Taos. In 1938 he began spending his winters in Albuquerque, where he worked on nudes, portraits and still life, returning to Taos in the summer to focus on Indian subjects. He taught at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, as well and eventually received a tenured professorship and a membership to the National Academy of Design.

There is no documentation for when he and Seward actually met.  Seward had exhibited work by other Santa Fe and Taos based artists and then had traveled to both Taos and Sata Fe in 1925 and then again in 1928. Perhaps it was a recommendation from Adam’s good friend, Walter Ufer which prompted him to write his first letter to Seward in the summer of 1929. This letter was the beginning of a 10 year friendship.  Other letters are known to exist that document an ongoing correspondence between Adams and Seward.  Adams created one of the lithographs that Seward used as an illustration in his book, “Metal Plate Lithography for artist and draftsmen.”

August 29, 1929

Dear Mr. Seward,

I have lately been attempting lithography and am writing for information regarding

printing. It is drawing in lithographic crayon on paper that I have been doing and I suppose the

Western Lithograph company is equipped to transfer and print whatever my drawings may be.

I should like to know approximate cost of the transfer process and the first proof - also

the price of succeeding proofs.

Kindly let me hear from you as early as possible and any hints as to paper etc. that might

be of aid to me. I should very much appreciate as I am very much interested in the medium and

hope in time to be able to do something with it.

If I may - I will forward on to you my efforts so far and rely on your judgement as to

what may make a possible print.



Kenneth M. Adams

Ranchos de Taos

New Mexico

Dec. 19, 1937

Dear Seward,

Thank you for your letter and check, which was a pleasant surprise, for the sale of my

lithograph “The Miner”. I had not anticipated it’s being popular but two have been sold out of an exhibit at the University of New Mexico - It was selected as one of  111 prints from the Chicago International to go on a years tour of the Museums - and Blumenschein phoned last night to tell me it is reproduced in the last issue of the Art Digest.

Take care of the plate, please, as I shall want more printed later - and when you have time

let me know what plates you have stored that I might have more prints made from.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas

I am sincerely

Ken Adams

Seward - Kenneth Adams, 1897-1966

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


Tod Lindenmuth




1934 re: Prairie Print Makers

Herbert Pullinger



Artist Letters an IntroductionArts_Artist_lttrs.html