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 Walton Ricketson  (1839 - 1923)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: sculptor-bust and bas relief

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A resident of New Bedford, Massachusetts from 1870 to 1923, Walton Ricketson was a noted sculptor of portrait busts of prominent people including Louisa Mae Alcott, Henry Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

With Herbert Bryant he was co-founder of the New Bedford Art Club. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Boston Art Club.
_________________________________________________________________________________The following is an excerpt from a talk, Artists of this Vicinity, by Mrs. Elwyn G Campbell of New Bedford, Massachusetts:

In speaking of Walton Ricketson born in New Bedford of fine old Dartmouth
stock, his personality is so delightful, his talent so evident, his
reminiscences of such great interest, that a visit to him is like beholding a
desired tapestry wherein it is hard to tell what charms the most, the design,
the coloring or the skillful weaving. Moving about Ricketson's studio, here
is a bust of Thoreau, another of Emerson, another of George William Curtis,
another of Robert Ingraham, another of Bronson Alcott -medallions of Charles Gifford, of Louisa Alcott, of Mrs. Edmund Grinnell --his own work-- all
friends and neighbors of this sculptor who so skillfully moulded clay to
express the nobility, intelligence and beauty of their features.

Ricketson's exquisite "Dawn" is here too (the Dawn that built at least two of his studios) - and the equally beautiful "Twilight," and on walls and here and there, everywhere - are pictures by his artist friends of whom he talks so
delightfully. Of himself he says little - he does not have to; his work speaks for itself.

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