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 Charles Avery Aiken  (1872 - 1965)

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Lived/Active: New York/Vermont      Known for: mural, landscape, landscape, botanic

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Director of the Allied Artists of America from 1958, Charles Aiken oversaw this exhibition cooperative in New York City and was also a landscape and portrait painter, muralist, and graphic artist.
The following is from Constance A. Porter of Needham, Massachusetts. My family moved next door to the Aikens in 1924 and we knew him for many years. Charles Avery Aiken lived many years at 102 Woodlawn Avenue in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. He never married and lived with his sister, Mary Thaxter Aiken who was a musician and had at least one composition of hers, a violin or piano concerto, recorded. His sister predeceased him by some years but he lived alone in Wellesley Hills until his death some time later.

He and his sister spent winters in New York City, (48 West 57th St.) where he was better known than in the Boston area.

In the late spring of 1941, he painted two landscapes in oil from my back yard on Prospect Street, Wellesley Hills-the first looking along the Charles River as Newton Lower Falls. It should be of historic interest as it shows an old mill by the river, which no longer stands. I own the second painting, which looks down on Newton Lower Falls and buildings along Washington Street including the D.A.R. House, which has since been moved around the corner to Concord Street, next door to St. Mary's Episcopal Church (before a storm toppled the steeple there which has never been replaced. The latter painting has been reproduced in England and called "New England Village."

When he was in his 90's and suffering from cataracts on both eyes, Charles painted an oil landscape showing a dam on the Charles river in Dover, Massachusetts, which, I believe, was his last work. An additional oil painting entitled "Lilacs"is currently privately owned.

The Wellesley Historical Society may well have more information on his works. I know that he gave the scene of the Charles river with the old mill to the Society.

Sincerely yours,

Constance A. Porter

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