Born in Grafton, MA on May 8, 1886. Allen was educated in Boston followed by four years of traveling and studying art. In 1907 he established the Allen Art Studio in Oakland which later became known as the Allen Institute of Fine & Applied Art. The school was mostly devoted to photography and was destroyed by fire in 1925. The following year it was rebuilt as the Classic Motion Picture Corporation but was bankrupt two years later. Although Allen painted a few landscapes of California, he was primarily a photographer of nude women. As well as an artist, he was also deeply into science
including physiology, chemistry, electrical and mechanical engineering. During the latter part of his life he
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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