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 Frances Taft Grimes  (1869 - 1963)

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Lived/Active: New York/Ohio      Known for: sculptor-portrait bust, bas relief

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"Girls Singing Spring" (South), 1914-15, Silver plaque, 4.75" x 7.12"
Private collection.  Photo from the archives of the Cornish Colony Museum, Windsor, VT
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Known for her bas reliefs, especially child subjects, and for portrait busts, Frances Grimes worked in bronze, plaster, and marble. She worked very cautiously, maintaining full control over the execution of her work and not leaving the details to assistants.

Grimes was born in Braceville, Ohio, and after graduating from high school, attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her teacher, Herbert Adams, hired her because of her proficiency in cutting and carving marble. She followed Adams to Cornish, New Hampshire and spent time their regularly from 1895 to 1900 and lived with Herbert and Adeline Adams as an apprentice sculptor. Adams introduced her to Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and for six years she worked as his assistant. She became so devoted to him that she was with him until he died, and after his death completed his "Albright Caryatids."

She also did numerous works of her own including portrait busts of persons in Cornish and in New York City where she had a studio in Macdougal Alley. Grimes was a member of the National Academy of Design, the National Sculpture Society, and the National Association of Women Artists. Her work is in the Toledo Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Washington Cathedral, the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and the Cornish Colony Museum.

Virginia Reed Colby & James B. Atkinson, "Footprints of the Past."
Alma Gilbert-Smith, "The Women of the Cornish Colony."

She died in New York City on November 9, 1963.

Biography from The Parrish House Museum:
Born in Braceville, Ohio, Frances Grimes was the daughter of two physicians who encouraged her in her artistic pursuits.  She studied at the Pratt Institute of Art School in Brooklyn and was taught by Herbert Adams and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  She was brought to the Cornish Colony in New Hampshire by Herbert and Adeline Adams and became Saint-Gaudens chief assistant in 1900.

She was a member of the Academy of Design, the National Sculpture Society, the National Association of Women Artists, and the American Federation of the Arts.

Her work is found in the Toledo Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hall of Fame, New York University, Grace Church Cathedral, the Washington Irving School, the Washington Cathedral, the New York City Town Hall, the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and our own Cornish Colony Museum.

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Cornish Colony
San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915

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