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date: 11 August 2020

Beard, James Henry (probably 1811–93). Painter 

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists
Author(s):

Ann Lee Morgan

A specialist in *genre subjects, together with his brother William Holbrook Beard (1824–1900), he introduced a form of social satire in which animals stand for human counterparts. James was born in Buffalo, New York, but grew up in Ohio. His brother William was born there, in Painesville. Both remained essentially self-taught as artists. In their own day, they were well regarded and widely popular for their humor, sometimes covertly bawdy, which punctured middle-class pretensions. However, they suffered a decline in reputation when changing tastes came to find much of their art sentimental or shallow.... ...

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