Meet the artist to whom May Alcott acted as mentor: Daniel Chester French

Before May Alcott left for Europe to study and become a professional artist, she gave lessons from a studio at Orchard House which her father Bronson made for her. A student of hers created one of the most iconic pieces of sculpture in America:

By Daniel Chester French – User:Raul654 own work, copied from English Wikipedia, Public Domain,

One of his first commissioned works is in Concord:

The Minute Man, statue by Daniel Chester French, at the Old North Bridge, Concord, Massachusetts.

That artist is Daniel Chester French.

Here is a fascinating article from NPR’s “All Things Considered” on his life and work, making mention of May’s brief but critical role in launching French’s career:

Studio In The Berkshires Fostered Public Art That Inspires, Even A Century Later

There is a podcast that goes along with this article.


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2 Replies to “Meet the artist to whom May Alcott acted as mentor: Daniel Chester French”

  1. I read about this when I was little in one of my uncle’s old Highlights. (They were really old-apparently there was a time when they came in hardcover? ). The article even mentioned May by name and identified her as the sister of Louisa May Alcott. Often she and Louisa are mentioned in older articles as being the daughters of Bronson.

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