Katherine Howe, 1912

Bronze portrait relief

The commission for the portrait relief of “Mrs. D. Howes’s little girl” was procured early in 1912 by Fred’s classmate Nora Iassigi. Bela Pratt wrote to his mother on April 14, 1912, “Fred Allen has made a very good relief of a Back Bay child.” It took 8 sittings. “Howe relief…………….25 (8 sit)”

When the modeling had been completed, he brought it to Torsky’s for casting in April, did the finish work on the bronze and brought the final relief directly to their home. They were delighted!

A surprise ensued. Mr. Howe took Frederick to the home of his father to see a marble sculpture by Rodin! What a privilege he must have felt that visit to be.


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