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:
There is a podcast that goes along with this article.
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