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Artist Biography

Aside from the nine years he spent as a child in Macao, James Brade Sword was a faithful denizen of Philadelphia. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, was a member of the Philadelphia Society of Artists, and a founder of the Arts Club of Philadelphia. Before he turned to painting, Sword found employment working on land surveying and engineering projects. His sketching hobby turned into a full-time occupation; he used a variety of media and many genres—from portraiture to landscapes, hunting and fishing paintings, to depictions of children and domestic animals.

His works can be found in the collections of such institutions as the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland, ME; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Museum of Art at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.