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  • “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015″ Opens May 23

    “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015″ Opens May 23

    East meets west at Chesterwood this season in the innovative, site-specific sculpture exhibition “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015”. The temporary installation, on view daily at Chesterwood through October 12, features new works by 24 members and alumni of Boston Sculptors Gallery, based in Boston’s South End.

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  • Chesterwood Opens Daily for Season on May 23

    Chesterwood Opens Daily for Season on May 23

    NEWS RELEASE Highlights include “Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015”, artist-in-residence Roberley Bell’s “object a day” sculpture project, and “Chesterfest” new Americana music festival Stockbridge, Mass. (April 30, 2015) — Chesterwood, the former summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, announces its 2015 schedule of exhibitions, programs, and events. Chesterwood will open the first three weekends in May for one-hour guided tours only of the studio and residence at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., […]

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  • Sculptor Roberley Bell Selected as Chesterwood’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence

    Sculptor Roberley Bell Selected as Chesterwood’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence

    Chesterwood announces that sculptor Roberley Bell has been selected to be its 2015 artist-in-residence from May 1 through 31. Bell, whose residency is supported by a grant from the Lillian Heller Curator’s Award at Chesterwood, is best known for her sculptural and installation work that creates a dialogue between our interior and exterior worlds, as well as the natural realm and its synthetic likeness. Chesterwood will hold open studio hours with Bell on May 10, 17 and 24 from 2 […]

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  • VIDEO: Home Movies (c 1925)

    VIDEO: Home Movies (c 1925)

    This six and half minute video encapsulates home movie footage taken of Daniel Chester French around 1925. Footage locales include Chesterwood, Laurel Hill, and various homes of nearby friends. Copyright of Chesterwood – a National Trust Historic Site (2012)

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  • VIDEO: Daniel Chester French: Sculpting an American Vision

    VIDEO: Daniel Chester French: Sculpting an American Vision

    This video was produced to illustrate the life and accomplishments of Daniel Chester French, through it we hope to provide a primer on this remarkable individual which will provide better context of why he built and resided at Chesterwood, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for half of the year.

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  • What is the National Trust for Historic Preservation?

    What is the National Trust for Historic Preservation?

    Chesterwood is a Historic Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. What is the National Trust? Learn more by watching this video! Read the latest from Preservation Nation:  

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  • Timeline: Chesterwood Property (1896-Present)

    Timeline: Chesterwood Property (1896-Present)

    1897 Daniel Chester French (DCF) purchases property in Glendale, Massachusetts and begins renovation and design of summer home and studio called Chesterwood (his third and named after his father’s house in Chester, New Hampshire). Family usually lived at Chesterwood from May to October. 1897-8 Barn at Chesterwood relocated 1898 Studio at Chesterwood completed on former site of barn; work on formal garden underway.  Henry Bacon designs the studio, and it may have been one of his first commissions after leaving […]

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  • Timeline: Daniel Chester French (1850-1931)

    Timeline: Daniel Chester French (1850-1931)

    April 20, 1850 Born in Exeter, New Hampshire. 1869 Executes bust of his father, Henry Flagg French, and relief of his sister, Sarah Flagg French. March-April 1870 Works in studio of John Quincy Adams Ward. Winter 1871-2 Studies with William Rimmer. November 1873 Commissioned to execute Minute Man for town of Concord, Massachusetts. October 1874 Goes to Florence, Italy. Works in studio of Thomas Ball. April 19, 1875 Minute Man dedicated. August 1876 Returns from Italy. November 1876 Resides in […]

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  • Suggestions for Further Reading

    Suggestions for Further Reading

    Adams, Adeline.  Daniel Chester French: Sculptor.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1932. Craven, Wayne.  Sculpture in America.  New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1968; reprint ed., 1984. Cresson, Margaret French.  Journey into Fame: The Life of Daniel Chester French. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1947. Emmet, Alan.  So Fine a Prospect: Historic New England Gardens.  Hanover, NH, and London: University Press of New England, 1996. French, Mary Adams.  Memories of a Sculptor’s Wife.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1928. Gillette, Jane Brown.  Chesterwood.  […]

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  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Daniel Chester French Where is Daniel Chester French buried?  Where is his daughter, Margaret, buried? French is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, MA. Margaret is buried next to her husband, William Penn Cresson, in the cemetery of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oaks, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Sculpture The infamous Abraham Lincoln/sign language story: According to many people, Lincoln’s hands appear to be in the sign language positions for the letters A and L.  This is a coincidence and […]

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