Morston Constantine Ream
Oil on canvas, 10 x 12 inches
Signed at lower right: ?Morston Ream?
The still-life painter Morston Constantine Ream
was born in Lancaster, Ohio, the younger brother of the artist Carducius
Plantagenet Ream (1837?1917) whose fruit pictures were reproduced as chromolithographs
by the Massachusetts publisher Louis Prang. Morston Ream began his career as a
daguerreotypist but turned to painting around 1868 when he decided the process
was bad for his health. He was active in New York City from 1872 to around 1883
and exhibited at Moore?s Art Rooms, the Brooklyn Art Association, and the
National Academy of Design. Ream lived in Chicago from around 1888 to 1897, and
exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago. Ream, who also painted landscapes
and genre subjects, died in New York.