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Edward Beyer

Birth: 1820

Death:1865

Edward Beyer (18201865), was a noted German pastoral and landscape artist of the Antebellum Era (17811860) and an artist of the American South and New England. He was born in the Rhineland of Germany, and was a graduate of the Dsseldorf Academy of Art, or the Kunstakademie Dsseldorf. He first traveled to America in 1848, settling in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He visited Virginia in 1854 and stayed until about 1856 or 1857 sketching and painting a number of scenes that would appear in his "Album of Virginia", after the publication of which he returned to Germany.

In his painting of the Bellevue Plantation, the Roanoke, Virginia, homestead of the Andrew and Maria Lewis family, he depicts eight slaves working in a wheat field. "Working in the dramatic style of the Dusseldorf Academy, which emphasized atmosphere, action and drama..."

In Beyer's painting of Charleston, West Virginia, he was offered a commission for the painting from a number of businessmen in the community. Afterwards, they had a lottery to decide who among them would own the painting. It is currently owned by descendants of the man who won the lottery. "Declared a "painting trifecta" by Antiques Roadshow (U.S. TV series) appraiser Colleene Fesko, the painting of what was then Charleston, Virginia, was created in 1854 and predates the Civil War and West Virginias statehood.

Fesko said she was so amazed when she saw the piece, that she had to pull out her glasses to fully examine the detail of the panoramic painting... "A bunch of Charleston businessmen wanted it done and chipped in money," Helen said. Since her grandfather won the painting, it has been passed down in her family ever since... Fesko said Beyer created 40 panoramic landscape paintings of Virginia towns in the mid-19th century."

"Born in the Rhineland of Germany, Edward Beyer became a landscape painter of romantic pastoral views. His style combined lessons learned at the Dusseldorf Academy with Classicism and Romanticism. Some of his canvases were unusual because they had industrial scenes such as railroads crossing the landscape, which meant juxtaposing romanticism with jarring realism. Critics indicate he made these combinations successfully."

Books & Publications

Book Title Date
Album of Virginia (1858) Album of Virginia 1858

Images

Image Name
Album of Virginia - View of Weyers Cave - Entrance (1858)
Album of Virginia - Falling Springs (1858)
Album of Virginia - Blue Sulpur Spring (1858)
Album of Virginia - View from the Hawk's Nest (1858)
Album of Virginia - View from Little Sewell, Mountain No. I (1858)
Album of Virginia - View from Little Sewell, Mountain No. II (1858)
Album of Virginia - Harper's Ferry from Jefferson Rock (1858)
Album of Virginia - Old Point Comfort and Hygeia Hotel (1858)
Album of Virginia - White Sulphur Spring, Montgomery Co., Va. (1858)
Album of Virginia - The Little Tunnel near Shawsville (1858)
Album of Virginia - The Salt Pond from the Salt Pond Knob, Giles County, VA, No. 2 (1858)
Album of Virginia - Rockbridge Alum Spring (1858)
Album of Virginia - Natural Bridge (1858)
Album of Virginia - James River Canal near the Mouth of the North River (1858)
Album of Virginia - Red Sweet Springs (1858)
Album of Virginia - U.S. Armor in Harper's Ferry (1858)
Album of Virginia - Rockfish Gap and the Mountain House (1858)
Album of Virginia - Viaduct on Cheat River (1858)
Album of Virginia - Title Page (1858)
Album of Virginia - View from the Peak of Otter (1858)
Album of Virginia - View of Weyers Cave - Shell Room (1858)
Album of Virginia - Salt Sulphur Spring (1858)
Album of Virginia - Red Sulphur Spring (1858)
Album of Virginia - The High Bridge near Farmville (1858)
Album of Virginia - Back Cover (1858)
Album of Virginia - Front Cover (1858)
Album of Virginia - Hot Springs (1858)
Album of Virginia - Warm Springs (1858)
Album of Virginia - The Drums, the Tapestry Room, Weyers Cave (1858)
Album of Virginia - View of Weyers Cave - Cataract (1858)
Album of Virginia - Kanawha Fall (1858)
Album of Virginia - Natural Bridge (1858)
Album of Virginia - View of the Peaks of Otter (1858)
Album of Virginia - Yellow Sulphur Springs (1858)
Album of Virginia - Old Sweet Spr. (1858)
Album of Virginia - White Sulphur Springs (1858)
Album of Virginia - Bullard Rock on the New River (1858)
Album of Virginia - Stribling Springs (1858)
Album of Virginia - Fauquier White Sulphur Springs (1858)
Album of Virginia - Old Point Comfort and Hygeia Hotel (1858)
Album of Virginia - Roanoke Red Sulphur Spr. (1858)
Album of Virginia - Natural Bridge (1858)
Album of Virginia - Burner's White Sulphur Spr. Shenandoah Co. (1858)
Album of Virginia - The Salt Pond from the Salt Pond Knob, Giles County, VA, No. 1 (1858)
Album of Virginia - View of Weyers Cave (1858)
Album of Virginia - View from the Peak of Otter (1858)
Album of Virginia - View from Gambles Hill (1858)