Frank A. Bicknell (LOC)

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    Frank A. Bicknell

    [1914 Feb. 20]

    1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

    Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
    Photo shows artist Frank A. Bicknell at the Venetian pageant which was part of the fine arts ball arranged by the Society of Beaux Arts Architects, held at the Hotel Astor, New York City on February 20, 1914. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010 and the New York Times, Feb. 21, 1914)
    Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

    Format: Glass negatives.

    Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

    Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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    Call Number: LC-B2- 2982-9

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    1. Wystan 56 months ago | reply

      Bicknell was a performer in the New York Beaux Arts Society's pageant of the history of Venice, presented at the Hotel Astor on February 20, 1914. New York Times story, February 21, 1914:

      Frank Bicknell and seven other painters from the summer artists' colony in Old Lyme, Connecticut, in 1914 founded the Lyme Art Association, and erected a gallery adjacent to the Agnes Richardson mansion to showcase their work.

      From a description of a painting of Bicknell's in an exhibition:
      Frank A. Bicknell (1866-1943)
      "Ogunquit, Maine"
      Oil on artist's board
      Gift of Mr. Charles Tyler

      "Bicknell's small painting renders the sun-drenched coast of Maine with startling freshness. Working on the spot with a palette knife, the artist applied paint directly to the board to construct the rock's craggy surface. He used the color of the bare support itself to suggest the cliff's sharp crevices.

      "Bicknell, who never married and was likely gay, regarded Miss Florence [Richardson] and the members of the Lyme Art Colony as "the family." He and other Lyme artists sometimes fled Connecticut's late summer humidity to sketch and fish in Maine. In addition to painting in Ogunquit, a small fishing village on Maine's south coast, Bicknell spent time with Lyme artists Walter Griffin, Arthur Heming, and Charles Ebert at Monhegan Island. Bicknell maintained a life-long connection to Lyme through the home left to him as a bequest by the artist Lewis Cohen, a fellow Griswold House boarder."

    2. Wystan 56 months ago | reply

      Other Bain/LOC photos of the Beaux Arts Society's Venetian Pageant, at the Hotel Astor, February 20, 1914:

    3. Wystan 56 months ago | reply

      More Bain/LOC photos of performers in the Beaux Arts Society's Venetian Pageant:

    4. Kristi (LOC P&P) 54 months ago | reply

      Thank you to all for research into this interesting event! We will add more details when we update the descriptive information.

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