Alice Foster Tilden Biography

Alice Foster Tilden




Alice Foster Tilden, portrait painter, etcher, sculptor, poet, and teacher, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1876 to the architect George Thomas Tilden and his wife Alice Olmstead Butler Tilden. Her brother Charles Joseph Tilden became a noted engineer in Boston. Alice and her sister, Edith Selina Tilden, lived in the family home in Milton, Massachusetts. Their parents were married on October 5, 1871, and their father is listed in the Journal of the American Institute of Architects as having died on July 10, 1919. Alice Foster Tilden was named after her mother and her paternal grandmother Mary Jacobs Foster Tilden.

Tilden studied at the school of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston with William Merritt Chase and later with Lucien Simon in Paris. She was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Copley Society of Boston, the Rockport Art Association, the Boston Art Club, and the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester.

In November 1906, a solo exhibition of Tilden's portrait paintings was mounted at the Milton Public Library Art Gallery. In 1913, her paintings of Blue Hill, Annisquam, and Three Mile Island were featured in the clubrooms of the Appalachian Mountain Club. The following year her paintings were included in the April exhibition by members of the Appalachian Mountain Club. A solo exhibition of her paintings opened on November 21, 1916, at the Milton Public Library Art Gallery. That same year her work was included in the Fourteenth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Prominent Artists at the Poland Spring Art Gallery, Maine State Building, in South Poland, Maine. She also exhibited with the National League of American Penwomen and was awarded two prizes for etchings and one for watercolor.

In 1915, she registered via copyright Listening, a sculpted bust of a young woman, and in 1918, she copyrighted Voice in the Wilderness, a sculpted bust of youth. Her poem, The Atheist, was published 20 October 1904 in the Christian Register and ten years later her poem Bellerophon to Pegasus was published in the Christian Register on 19 March 1914.   


This is all that could be found on Alice Foster Tilden.  If you can supply information please don't hesitate to contact the gallery.  Her birth year is erroneously listed in various places as 1898.