Definitions & Discussions

Welcome to the online home of the collected works of Frederick Warren Allen, an American sculptor of the Boston School.

Here in the “Definitions & Discussions” area of the site, you’ll find additional pertinent information and essays that we hope will enhance your appreciation and understanding of F.W. Allen’s world and works.


tbd referenced in Edith Deacon post


On War Memorials: Allen’s theory and opinions

Biography by Agnes H. Allen Biography by Elizabeth MacLean Smith Interview in Boston Herald by M.J.Curl, 1920 entitled “Boston Artists and Sculptors in Intimate Talks XIX.—Frederick W. Allen” Taken from the biography by Agnes H. Allen “With the possibility of doing the sculpture on a War Memorial by Maginnis in the Fenway, which later went […]


Carved vs. Modeled Portraits

It is interesting to note the difference between the carved marble relief of Mrs. Cole and the bronze bust of her brother-in-law done a few years later. Although the bust has more detail, the character of the two subjects is clearly portrayed. Two different media, two different styles, the marble carved carefully with silky smooth […]


Medallic and Numismatic Art

Medallic and numismatic art is one that combines artistry and technical skill. Not only was Allen trained in the technicalities of this art as a teenager in the jewelry factories of Attleboro, but he was also trained in the artistry of the work by Bela Lyon Pratt, one of the two most famous numismatists of […]


Direct Carving

Direct Carving is the practice of creating an original stone or wood sculpture, carving from a rough block of stone or piece of wood without making a model to copy. The sculptor lets the material suggest his subject matter and treatment, often leading to creative and artful solutions to the challenges the material presents. In […]


Related Architects and Architecture

Architecture is a three-dimensional art (like sculpture) that is applied to the design of edifices and residences. The related word “edify” has the connotation of being uplifting. Sculpture connected to architecture not only decorates the buildings that architects create, but on a higher level gives expression to the style or purpose of that edifice or […]


Allen’s Students and Sculptural Legacy

When Bela L. Pratt died unexpectedly in 1917 at the young age of fifty, Allen lost not only a great teacher, but also his mentor and friend. Allen was still considered too young and inexperienced to take over the department, so after having taught Pratt’s classes for about five months, Charles Grafly was hired to fill the […]