Edward Dufner, born in 1871, studied at the Art Students League of Buffalo and later at Academie Julian. He was an associate member of the National Academy of Design in 1910 and 1929. Dufner was awarded several prizes, including the Paris Salon in 1899 and the gold medal in the National Art Competition in NYC, 1925. Dufner traveled abroad for five years before returning in 1903. He was an instructor of portrait and still-life painting at the ASL of Buffalo from 1903-1907, and also taught briefly at the Carnegie Institute. In 1920 he married the painter Ilka Howells. Dufner died in 1957.