James Bard

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Birthday
4, 1815
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Mar 26, 1897 (81)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
4, 1815
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Mar 26, 1897 (81)

About

Nineteenth-century artist remembered for his nautically-themed paintings. His works, many of them images of steamboats, are often classified as pieces of Naive art.

Before Fame

When he was twelve years old, he collaborated with his twin brother, John, on the first of many jointly-produced steamboat paintings.

Trivia

In 1940, much of his artwork became part of the permanent collection at the Mariners' Museum in Eastern Virginia.

Family Life

He married Harriet DeGroot, a woman six years his senior. The couple had several children, only one of whom -- a daughter named Ellen -- survived past childhood.

Associated With

Shipping and railroad giant Cornelius Vanderbilt served as an artistic patron to both James and John Bard.

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