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)
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.
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.
Barn at Chesterwood relocated
Studio at Chesterwood completed on former site of barn; work on [...]
April 20, 1850
Born in Exeter, New Hampshire.
Executes bust of his father, Henry Flagg French, and relief of his sister, Sarah Flagg French.
Works in studio of John Quincy Adams Ward.
Studies with William Rimmer.
Commissioned to execute Minute Man for town of Concord, Massachusetts.
Goes to Florence, Italy. Works in studio of Thomas [...]
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 [...]
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.
Daniel Chester French (Photo courtesy of the Chapin Library, Williams College, [...]
In the small town of Concord, Massachusetts, there stands one of the greatest icons of American art, dedicated one hundred years to the day after the Revolutionary War battle it commemorated. In 1872, a committee of citizens awarded a commission to create a monument commemorating the battle at the North Bridge to promising local sculptor [...]
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“A dry fountain is a pitiful spectacle…”
- Daniel Chester French to the Commission of Fine Arts
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