Frederick Warren Allen

AMERICAN SCULPTOR, BOSTON SCHOOL

Research

Personal information was taken from the Diary of Frederick Warren Allen, the memoirs of his wife Agnes, the memoirs of his eldest daughter Barbara, family photospersonal family letters, family memories of his grandchildren, school records from his high school and the Museum School, photos from Cynthia Kennedy Sam of the Pratt family in North Haven and photos and letters from the archives of Bela Lyon Pratt and John Storrs, records from the archives of Frank Weston Benson provided by Faith Andrews Bedford, and North Haven Historical Society.

The information about his teaching is written in a paper by Elizabeth MacLean Smith and all of the Archives from the Museum School from his many years teaching there and from oral stories remembered by Adio diBiccari as remembered by Robert Shure.

The history of the Studio comes from papers by his granddaughter Laurel Beetham and the college researcher connected with the Skylight Studios, the Diary of Frederick Warren Allen, the memoirs of his wife Agnes, plus personal family photos and memories.

Information about his sculpture comes from the files of the Museum of Fine Arts, microfilm from the Archives of American Art, photos and letters provided by Cynthia Kennedy Sam about his teacher and mentor Bela Pratt, information about techniques he would have used by present day sculptor Robert Shure, information about techniques he learned in the jewelry industry in Attleboro from the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum.

Online research turned up much information about his home town, the people he portrayed and those with whom he worked, the history of sculpture and its techniques, and other sculptors and teachers of his time including the generation of sculptors before and after in his lineage.

Many books have provided information and will be listed in the bibliography of the upcoming book to be published in 2012. A casual list is included here.

American Figurative Sculpture in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1986, essay by Kathryn Greenthal, pp. 408-411, Introductory Essay by Jonathan Fairbanks, Essays on St.Gaudens and Pratt by Paula Kozol

Frank W. Benson, American Impressionist by Faith Andrews Bedford, 1994

The Bostonians: Painters of an Elegant Age 1870-1980, by Trevor Fairbrother, 1986

Sculpture in America, From the Colonial Period to the Present, by Wayne Craven, 1968

Perspectives on American Sculpture before 1925, edited by Thayer Tolles, 2003

Augustus Saint-Gaudens 1848-1907, A Master of American Sculpture, Catalogue for Musee des Augustin, Toulouse, 1999

Edmund C. Tarbell and the Boston School of Painting 1889-1980, by Patricia J Pierce, 1980

Gardner Cox, Sketches from Life, by Phoebe B Driver, 1995

The Boston Painters 1900-1930, by R. H. Ives Gammell, 1986

American Sculpture in the Metropolitsn Museum of Art, Vol I and II, edited by Thayer Tolles, 2001

Impressionism Transformed, The Paintings of Edmund C. Tarbell, organized by Susan Strickler for the Currier Gallery of Art, 2001

Rediscoveries in American Sculpture, Studio Works, 1893-1939, by Janis Conner and Joel Rosenkranz, 1989

A Studio of Her Own, Women Artists in Boston 1870-1949, by Erica Hirshler, 2001

Painting Summer in New England, by Trevor Fairbrother, 2006

Stone Pond, A Personal History by William D. Eddy, 2006 edition

Adio di Biccari, A Life in Sculpture, by Elizabeth Lutyens, personally published

National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1995