Hope this helps, sorry I have no idea the name of the book, I wish I did so I could give them proper credit.This is not my line, so I really can't answer any questions about them, but I can tell you that I have noticed their books, paintings & prints of their paintings on e-bay.
Beard, William Holbrook (Apr. 13, 1824-Feb. 20, 1900), artist, brother of
James Henry Beard [q.v.], was born in Painesville, Ohio, the son of James
and Harriet (Wolcott) Beard.His mother, left a widow while the boy was
still an infant, made every effort to give him an education, for which he
showed little inclination.At an early age he became interested in plants
and wildlife, and showed also great aptitude for swimming, hunting, and
wrestling.Following an unsuccessful attempt to earn his living at
Painesville, as a portrait painter, he started on a tour of the state as a
peripatetic portrait painter.This affording little more than a bare
livelihood, he went to New York about 1845, where his brother, James Henry
Beard, had established himself.He again specialized in portraits, and
then, after several years of travel, moved to Buffalo in 1850 and opened a
studio.After a struggle of six years he secured orders sufficient to keep
him busy and sailed for Europe in 1856.In Rome he met Gifford, Whittredge,
and other American artists, who were later to distinguish themselves.
Within two years he was back in Buffalo, where in 1859 he married Flora
Johnson, who died a few months after the wedding.On July 7, 1863, he
married Carrie, daughter of Thomas Le Clear, the portrait painter.In 1860
he settled in New York.He brought with him a few compositions, humorous
story-pictures of animals with such titles as "Grimalkin's Dream" and "Bears
and a Bender" and became so popular at this branch of painting that he was
condemned to paint animals acting like human beings almost all the rest of
his life.He was a member of the National Academy, the Century Club, the
Artists' Fund Society, and the Artists' Aid Society.The following are the
titles of some of his pictures: "Kittens and Guinea Pig"; "Power of Death";
"Deer in a Wood"; "Spreading the Alarm"; "Flaw in the Title"; "Swan and
Owls."He died in New York City.
[H.T. Tuckerman, Book of the Artists (1867); L.G. Sellstedt, Art in Buffalo
(1895), pp.104-10, and From Forecastle to Academy (1904), p.282; G.W.
Sheldon, Am. Painters (1879); obituary in N.Y. Tribune, Feb. 21, 1900.]
Beard, James Henry (May 20, 1812-Apr. 4, 1893), artist, was born in Buffalo,
N.Y., the son of Capt. James and Harriet (Wolcott) Beard.He was descended
on his father's side from Sir James Beard and on his mother's side from Sir
Lochlan Maclean.He was the brother of William Holbrook Beard [q.v.], who
was likewise an artist.Capt. Beard moved his family to a farm near
Painesville, Ohio, and died when James was eleven years old.An intinerant
portrait painter gave the boy his first thoughts of becoming an artist and
when the traveler left town young James started painting portraits on his
own account, charging five dollars for a head and fifteen for a portrait
including the hand holding a book.At the age of seventeen he ran away from
home and worked his way to Pittsburgh.He then worked on the Ohio River,
acting as a shipping clerk on a river boat.He lived in Cincinnati about
the year 1835.Shortly after that date he made a second visit to Pitsburgh.
He now decided to try his fortunes in the South, visiting first Louisville,
and then making his way down to New Orleans.He finally returned to
Cincinnati, where he married on Aug. 28, 1833, Mary Caroline Carter, the
daughter of Col. Thomas Carter, and where he lived for several years.There
he made the acquaintance and won the friendship of many prominent men from
both North and South who had him paint their portraits.Among the sitters
to his brush were Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams, Gen. Harrison, and Gen.
Taylor.Harriet Martineau expressed her admiration for Beard in her book of
travels in America.In 1846 he wet to New York City, where he exhibited his
picture entitled "North Carolina Emigrants," for which he received $750.He
was a charter member of the Century Club.In 1848 he was made an honorary
member of the National Academy.During the Civil War he served in the Union
army on the staff of Gen. Lew Wallace, with the rank of Captain.In 1870 he
returned to New York and in 1872 was elected a National Academician.In
1887 he painted a portrait of Gen. Sherman.During his later years he
relinquished portrait painting almost entirely and devoted his attention to
painting animals.Whereas his brother, W.H. Beard, showed a fondness for
the painting of wild animal life, he himself preferred to paint domestic
animals."The Streets of New York," "The Window," and "There's Many a Slip"
are the titles of some of his compositions.He died Apr. 4, 1893, at
Flushing, L.I.His four sons, James Carter Beard [q.v.], Harry Beard
[1841-89], Thomas Francis Beard [q.v.], and Daniel Carter Beard [born 1850]
all became well known as artists.
[H.T. Tuckerman, Book of the artists (6th ed. 1882); L. Mead,
"Apprenticeship of an Academician." Am. Mag., IX, 192; Ruth Beard, Geneal.
of the Descendants of Widow Martha Beard of Milford, Conn. (1915); N.Y.
Tribune, and N.Y. Herald, Apr. 67, 1893.]T.B.
Beard, James Carter (June 6, 1837-Nov. 15, 1913), illustrator, author, the
son of James Henry Beard [q.v.] and Mary Caroline (Carter) Beard, was born
at Cincinnati, Ohio.Privately educated, he read law with Rutherford B.
Hayes, afterward president of the United States.he was admitted to the bar
in 1861, practising long enough to win one case.His brother, Daniel C.
Beard, says, "When he got his sheepskin as an attorney and counselor at law,
handing it to his father he said, "I did this for you.I am now going into
art for myself.""During the Civil War he served with the Hundred Days'
Men.On Dec. 25, 1862, he married Martha J. Bray of Terre Haute, Ind., the
ceremony being performed by Lyman Abbott.For many years he held an
editorial position with D. Appleton & Company.He also did a mass of
special work for the newspapers, but it is as a writer of illustrated
articles on plant and animal life that he is chiefly known.Harper's
Magazine, Saint Nicholas, Century, Outing, Country Life, and the Scientific
American were some of the periodicals for which he wrote and drew.He
illustrated Hunting trip of a Ranchman (1886), by Theodore Roosevelt, and
was the author of the adventures of Little Fantasy among the Water Devils
(published anonymously, 1871); Little Workers (1871); Painting on China
(1882); Curious Homes and their Tenants (1897); and Billy Possum (1909).
For many years he lived in Brooklyn.He moved to New Orleans about the year
1910 and died there Nov. 15, 1913.
[Who's Who in America, 1899-1913; information from brother, Daniel C.
Beard, Thomas Francis (Feb. 6, 1842-Sept. 28, 1905), illustrator, the son of
James H. Beard [q.v.] and Mary Caroline (Carter) Beard, came of a talented
and well-known Cincinnati family.He was educated in the Cincinnati and
Painesville, Ohio, schools.His father, his uncle William H. Beard [q.v.],
and his brother James Carter Beard [q.v.] were painters, and another brother
Dan Beard, a writer, lecturer, and inventor, is still popular for his Boys'
Handybooks of Camp-lore, and boys' stories.Known always as Frank Beard,
the illustrator started his career early.Before he was twelve he was
sending sketches to all the important periodicals, including Yankee Notions,
on of the earliest American illustrated papers.At the outbreak of the
Civil War, though only a boy of eighteen, he was commissioned by Leslie's
Weekly and Harper's Weekly to act as cartoonist for the Army of the Potomac.
He served at the same time in the 7th Ohio Regiment.After the war he began
lecturing, and at this time originated his "Chalk Talks," popular lectures
with rapid chalk illustrating.He was married in 1867 to Helen Augusta
Goodwin.From 1881 to 1884 he held the chair of aesthetics and painting at
Syracuse University and in 1884, during the Blaine campaign, was editor of
Judge.A.B. Paine in Thomas Nast, His Period and His Picutres (1904) has
described the remarkable bitterness of the Cleveland-Blaine campaign.
George William Curtis and Thomas Nast were almost equally victims of
newspaper attacks.In Judge, Frank Beard "never missed an opportunity of
presenting him (Curtis) as a saint, a circus performer, or a "Miss
Nancy"...usually grinding an organ, while Nast, as a monkey, performed at
his command" (Paine, p.501).Nast's own ideas and illustrations were used
against him.As early as 1877, Beard had published The Blackboard in the
Sunday School, A Practical Guide for Superintendents and Teachers, and he
now became more interested in religious publications and in Chautauqua
lectures than in social and political reform by means of cartoons.Most of
his best-known work was done in connection with Sunday-schools and the
Chautauqua movement.About twnety years before his death he began
illustrating for the Ram's Horn, a religious weekly published in Chicago.
In 1890 he became one of the editors and thereafter devoted all of his time
to it.The American Art Annual, 1905-06, in an obituary notice, states that
his cartoons directed against the liquor evil were often extremely
effective.He also illustrated a few religious and other books.
[Who's Who in America, 1903-05; A.B. Maurice and F.T. Cooper, Hist. of the
Nineteenth Century in Caricature (1904); Publisher's Weekly, Oct. 7, 1905;
Chicago Tribune, Sept. 29, 1905.]M.A.K.