Marine artist James Bard was born in New York City in 1815. He was a self taught artist specializing in painting steamboats and small sailing vessels of New York City and the Hudson River. In partnership with his brother John, they painted their first ship picture at the age of twelve. An increase in shipbuilding during the 1850’s allowed James continued success and he recorded many of the important steamboats of the day. His commissions lessened during the 1880’s and his last work is dated 1890. James Bard died in White Plains, New York in 1897.