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Artist Biography

 Still life, portrait and landscape painter, Andrew John Henry Way was born in Washington, D. C., 27 April, 1826 and died in Baltimore, Maryland, 7 February, 1888. He studied first with John Peter Frankenstein in Cincinnati (c. 1847), then with Alfred Jacob Miller in Baltimore (late 1840s). In 1850 he went to Paris to study at the studio of Michel-Martin Drolling and in 1851 at the Academia della Bella Arte, Florence. After a stay in Europe of four years he returned to his native country, settling in Baltimore.

For some time he was mainly a portrait painter, but in 1859, he painted a fruit-piece that attracted the attention of Emanuel Leutze, noted German-American painter, on whose advice he devoted himself thereafter to the painting of still-life subjects. He had great success creating still lifes, especially in the representation of grapes, those grown in the western United States to those grown in France.

Way's work was admired by art patron William T. Walters. A number of Way still-lifes of grapes remain a part of the Walters Art Museum permanent collection. At the Philadelphia exhibition of 1876 he received a medal for two panels and at the Philadelphia Centennial received the award for "Excellence in Still Life" Medal. His numerous works include " A Christmas Memory" (1870); "Prince Albert Grapes" and "Flora and Pomona" (1874); "Wild Fowl" (1882) . "A Sportsman's Luck " (1883); and "To my Sweetheart" and "Preparation for Apple Toddy" (1887). Several of his paintings have been lithographed.

His son, George Brevitt, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 29 October, 1854, was educated at the United States naval academy, studied art in Paris, and has followed painting as his profession.