Alice Foster Tilden Biography

Alice Foster Tilden




Artist – Poet Alice Foster Tilden was born on September 10, 1875 in Brookline, Boston, Massachusetts to architect George T. and 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. In 1894, she was elected as a member/trustee of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind.

She received a passport in November of 1902. In 1906, she exhibited her portrait paintings at the Milton Historical Society. In 1907, while living in Milton, Massachusetts she traveled to Europe for further study with Lucien Simon in Paris. 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.

In 19I6 she had a show of her poetry at the Historical Society. 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. In 1921 she had an exhibit of her paintings at the White Gate Coffee House in Bridgewater, New Jersey. By 1940 she was living in Boston, MA.

She was a member of the Rockport Art Association, the North Shore Arts Association and the Copley Society of Boston.

She exhibited with the Copley Society, Boston Art Club, Rockport Art Association, North Shore Arts Association, National League of American Penwomen, Speed Memorial Museum, Louisville. Represented in private collections. She won three prizes for two etchings and one water color at the League of American Penwomen.

Alice Foster Tilden died on December 25, 1956 in Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts.