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James Henry Beard

Birthplace: Buffalo, Erie County, New York, United States
Death: Died in Flushing, Queens County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. James Beard and Harriet Beard
Husband of Mary Caroline Beard
Father of Daniel C. Beard, Founder of the Boy Scout of America
Brother of William Holbrook Beard; Julia Eliza Blair; Hannah Chambers and Harriet W. Burnett

Occupation: Portrait painter
Managed by: Mike McCarthy
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About James Henry Beard


From the S9 Biographical Dictionary:



  • 1811 - James Henry Beard was born in Buffalo, New York. American portrait painter.
  • 1822 - At the age of eleven moved with his family to Painesville, Ohio. Beard taught himself how to paint and worked for a number of years as an itinerant portrait painter in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Louisville.
  • 1834 - He settled in Cincinnati, Ohio and wintered in New Orleans.
  • 1846 - Beard was active in New York City and moved there permanently.
  • [1848 - He was made an associate member of the National Academy of Design.
  • 1872 - Was elected a full member in the National Academy of Design.
  • 1880 - 'He’s Not for Sale' exemplifies two abilities for which Beard’s contemporaries admired him the most, sentimental portraits of children and images of dogs. 'The Penitent' and the particularly engaging 'Hounded Pup' are representative examples of Beard’s humorous, anthropomorphic interpretations of his canine subjects.
  • 1893 - Beard died in Flushing, Queens.
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James Henry Beard's Timeline

May 20, 1812
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, United States
June 21, 1850
Age 38
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
April 4, 1893
Age 80
Flushing, Queens County, New York, United States