Andrew John Henry Way
Andrew John Henry Way was a portraitist and nevertheless life painter born in 1826 in Washington, D.C. He died in 1888 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Way studied later than artists John P. Frankenstein and Alfred J. Miller in the U.S. In 1850 he went to Europe and studied in both Paris and Florence. In 1859 he gained the attention of Emanuel Leutze and thereafter distorted his focus to still life painting instead of portraits. In 1876, Way traditional a medal for excellence at the Centennial Exposition.
In 1866, the art collector William Thompson Walters acquired property on Woodburne Ave near Govanstown (later became Saint Mary's). Walters was keen in growing grapes, and hired Andrew John Henry Way to paint a cluster of Prince Albert grapes. The painting, Bunch of Grapes, is currently on view at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.
A private scrapbook of Way's, housed at the South Carolina Historical Society, includes clippings from Baltimore newspapers nearly the Southern artiste William Aiken Walker. Walker was known for painting African Americans after the Civil War. Way with completed small paintings of African Americans.