Begun in 2010, this blog offers analysis and reflection by Susan Bailey on the life, works and legacy of Louisa May Alcott and her family. Susan is an active member and supporter of the Louisa May Alcott Society, the Fruitlands Museum and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House.
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:
One of his first commissioned works is in Concord:
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:
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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.
I loved Highlights – never knew it once came in hardcover.