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Cambridge, MA, United States
DoneMon, Oct 11, 2004 5:00 PM GMT

Paintings Auction Edmund Franklin Ward Estate

Important Auction of Paintings, Drawings, and Illustrations from
the Estate of the Studio of Edmund Franklin Ward (1892-1991)

A once in a lifetime sale with 250 + pieces

Monday, October 11, 2004 at 2 PM EST (11 AM PST)

A painting and fine arts auction with a featured collection of the paintings of Edmund F. Ward (1892-1991), sold by the request of heir. This auction will occur live on the internet at the same time as the auction at it's physical location in Essex Massachusetts. Over 250 oils, drawings, and watercolors from the artist's studio in White Plains, NY. Subject matter of these diverse works by this talented artist include many wonderful representations of landscapes, seascapes and ocean views in many beautiful New England locales such as Monhegan Maine, and Waldoboro, Maine; sporting scenes, boxers, golf, children at play, studies after Manet, Renior, Delacroix, and Cezanne, florals, Ballet and Ballerinas, theatre scenes, mythological and religous subjects, and portraits.

This collection of artwork by Edmund Franklin Ward had recently come to the attention of Bert Rosengarten of Antiques on Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA. This large selection of works has been stored for many decades in the Boston home of his granddaughter.

Edmund Franklin Ward was born in White Plains, New York where he worked as a professional illustrator for most of his life. During 1910-1912, he studied at the Art Student League alongside Norman Rockwell with whom he shared a studio (West 55th St., NYC, 1911-1912). In 1910, Ward won the Saltus Prize for the best drawing in all the antique classes at the Art Student League. His teachers included George Bridgman, Edmund Dufner, Thomas Fogarty, Wayman Adams, and Harvey Dunn. By the age of twenty, Ward was already a successful illustrator, and his works were found in the Saturday Evening Post. In his early twenties, he worked at the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency. During World War I, Ward created ads for the U.S. Army. He established a studio at 121 East St., NYC. He illustrated the books "Thundering Herd," by Zane Grey and "Hawkeye" by Emerson Haugh. Ward’s illustrations were published in Red Book, Woman’s Home Companion, Ladies Home Journal, McCall’s and Pictorial Review. During the 1940’s, Ward illustrated many print advertisements in magazines such as Colliers, and he created World War II posters for the U.S. government.

Between 1924-1925, Ward taught at the Art Student League. As part of the WPA Project, he created a mural for the White Plains Federal Building. He was also the artist for the U.S. postage stamp commemorating the Battle of White Plains. His works have been exhibited in the National Academy of Art, the Guild of Freelance Artists, the Art Institute of Chicago (1925 prize), the Society of Illustration, the Guild of Freelance Artists, and the Salmagundi Club.

In 1971, Ward’s painting "Enter the Law" was included in the publication "The Art of the Old West: The Collection of the Gilcrease Institute by Rossi and Hunt (page 250), which firmly established him among the greats of Western illustrative art.

About Bert:
Bert Rosengarten of Antiques on Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA is a longtime Art and Antiques Dealer and Auctioneer. (Massachusetts Auctioneer License #2628)

Bert Rosengarten Antiques is a full-services antique business. His interest and passion for antiques goes back to 1965 when he began helping his parents in their business, Malvina's Antiques. In the 1960's and 1970's, Erich and Malvina Rosengarten were most active as shop owners and show dealers and developed a specialization in American and European bronzes and fine decorative arts. Over the past thirty-eight years, Bert has expanded his areas of expertise as a show dealer, shop owner, auctioneer, and appraiser.

In 1997, along with two partners, Bert established Antiques on Cambridge St. in Cambridge, MA, a 12,000 sq. ft., 100 dealer co-op. This co-op has become the foremost venue for American and European decorative arts in Metropolitan Boston. The range of objects and services has allowed Antiques on Cambridge St. to become a unique source for decorators, dealers and the buying public.