A Winter’s Afternoon, 1874
JAMES BRADE SWORD (1839 – 1915)
Oil on canvas
Neste dia, 11 de Outubro de 1839 nasceu em Filadélfia (E. U. A.) o pintor americano James Brade Sword (1839-1915) (1).
Qual a sua ligação com Macau ? Simplesmente porque entre 1840 e 1849, passou a sua infância com a família em Macau. O pai, John D. Sword, era um comerciante de chá e seda em Cantão, com residência em Macau. (2)
(1) “James Brade Sword was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 11, 1839.-1915) Born into a merchant family, Sword spent much of his childhood in Macao, China, from about 1840 to 1849.
He returned to the United States to attend Central High School in Philadelphia graduating in 1855. After graduating, he began work as a civil engineer, took up civil engineering on the enlargement of the Union Canal from Lebanon to Beading, After completion of the canal was connected with the United States Coast Survey in 1857, and served on the steamer Walker in the making of the survey of Atchafalaya Bay. After his return in 1858 was engaged in building the railroad tunnel through Broad Mountain to the Mahanoy Valley.
Sword always sketched as a child and in about 1863 decided to focus his energy on painting. He took up studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under William Trost Richards. He was also a student of George Washington Nicholson and the influences of both painters can often be seen in Sword’s works. Sword is known for his landscape, portrait, and genre paintings and often depicts outdoor sports and children in his works. Sword was a prominent figure in Philadelphia art circles and was a founder of the Art Club of Philadelphia. He also served as president of the Philadelphia Society of Artists and the Artists’ Fund Society. Sword won various awards over the course of his career and his works have been exhibited at prominent institutions such as the Brooklyn Art Academy and the National Academy in New York. He died on November 30, 1915.” (1) (3)
O quadro que apresento, retirado de (4):
“A Winter’s Afternoon is a typical example of Sword’s landscape style and his interest in depicting snippets of everyday life. Sword’s use of delicate brush strokes and a keen attention to atmosphere are combined in this scene with images of children playing and a horse and carriage in action. These elements demonstrate Sword’s penchant for complex scenes and A Winter’s Afternoon is executed in a similar manner to Sword’s other winter landscapes. Sword commonly traveled to and painted scenes of the mid-Atlantic, New England, and the Adirondacks and though it is unclear where exactly A Winter’s Afternoon was painted, this painting is most likely of the Northeastern United States.” (1)
(2) “The Sword family was a merchant family of Philadelphia and New Castle, Del., prominent in the China trade. John D. Sword was a supercargo to the West Indies, South America, and China. Mary Sword accompanied him to South America, 1837-1838, and to China, 1841-1845, where she lived at Macao while he did business at Canton.” (http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/1800.htm)
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