Alice Kent Stoddard (1885 - 1976)

 

Born in Watertown, Connecticut, in 1883, Alice Kent Stoddard was the first cousin of renowned artist, Rockwell Kent. She studied at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art and Design), and then at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Thomas Eakins, Thomas Anshutz, and William Merritt Chase. Stoddard had the distinction of winning three Cresson Travelling Scholarships while at the Academy in 1905, 1906, and 1907. Her paintings regularly won prizes in major venues across the nation. During World War I, Stoddard worked as a combat artist, and in World War II was sent to Europe as a mechanical draftsperson designing airplanes for the Budd Company.

Well known amongst society art patrons as a fine portraitist, Stoddard was commissioned to paint many prominent Philadelphians and their children, as well as judges, religious figures, and politicians. Stoddard spent summers on Monhegan Island, Maine, where she enjoyed painting the local people and the island’s landscape. She was introduced to Monhegan Island by her aunt, Sarah Kent, mother or Rockwell Kent. An avid animal lover, it was not unusual for a dog, cat, or bunny to appear in one of her compositions. In addition to painting the houses and gardens of Monhegan, Stoddard taught art classes to many artists and students who would congregate there every year. She also created a substantial body of coastal views and seascapes while on the island. During the rest of the year, Stoddard lived in Philadelphia and painted landscapes in and around Bucks and Chester counties.

Stoddard had maintained a longtime friendship with artist, Joseph Pearson, and after the passing of his first wife, Pearson and Stoddard married in 1948. At the time, she was sixty-four and he was seventy two-years old.

Alice Kent Stoddard exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1911 and 1913 prizes and Gold Medal 1926), the Corcoran Gallery Biennials, the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco (1915), the Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia (1926), the National Academy of Design (1917 and 1928 medal), the Philadelphia Art Club (1913 prize and 1916 Gold Medal), the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Albright Gallery of Art in Buffalo, the Brooklyn Museum, the Wilmington Art Club, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Woodmere Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Connecticut Academy of the Fine Arts, among others.

 

Sources:

-          “New Hope for American Art” by James Alterman