Frank Alfred Bicknell
(1866 - 1943)

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Feeding Time

A May Morning

Mountail Laurel

At the Pier

The Connecticut River at Essex

Our Fish-house Studio,
Island of Monhegan



When Frank Bicknell’s family relocated from Augusta, Maine to Brockton, Massachusetts in 1870, the aspiring artist had some small success doing scenes for the Brockton Illustrated and illustrations for   New England Magazine. Living in Brockton also afforded him access to nearby Annisquam, where he spent his summers painting alongside such notable painters as William Picknell (1853-1897), Robert Vonnoh (1858-1933), and Hugh Bolton Jones (1848-1927). Within a decade, Bicknell moved to New York. In 1890, it was on to Paris where he enrolled in the Academie Julian. Upon his return to the city in 1894, Bicknell occupied a full-floor studio in Stanford White’s infamous tower attached to Madison Square Garden. By the time of his 1895 trip to California and Japan, paintings by Bicknell could be found in the National Academy of Design, the Boston Arts Club, and the Philadelphia Academy.

Bicknell first visited Old Lyme in 1902, but it was not until 1908 that his name was regularly associated with the Old Lyme Art Colony. His output includes American Barbizon landscapes, Impressionist forest floors dotted with mountain laurel, and highly-keyed views of the Monhegan coast pounded smooth by the ocean.   He was an associate of the National Academy and was an influential member of the Salmagundi, Lotos, and National Arts clubs. He also served as an associate professor at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University. The artist eventually returned to Old Lyme and stayed until moving to a retirement home in nearby Essex, where he died in 1943.


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