Born in Nashua, New Hampshire on Jan. 22, 1875, Ernest Allen Batchelder studied at Massachusetts Normal School, Harvard Summer School of Design, and Birmingham (England) School of Arts & Crafts.
After moving to California, he joined the department of arts and crafts at the Throop Polytechnic Institute (Pasadena) in 1902 and for several years taught there during winters and at Handicraft Guild Summer School in Minneapolis where Grant Wood was one of his pupils.
Batchelder opened the School of Design & Handicraft in the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena in 1909; he was active there until his firm failed during the Depression. His forte was interior furnishings in metal, tile, and enamel.
He was author of The Princ
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); International Studio, April 1916; California Design, 1910.
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