Alice Brown Chittenden

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San Francisco Call, May 30, 1909, p.29, c.1

A remarkable collection of wild flower studies is to be seen at the studio of Mrs. Alice B. Chittenden, which is to be seen at the studio of Mrs. Alice B. Chittenden, which for rarity and beauty surpasses anything of its kind here before. The collection comprises over 100 studies and is typical of the wild flowers of the state, each species being represented by a group or spray charmingly arranged and faithfully depicted. One hardly realizes the number, variety and loveliness of these familiar wild flowers until viewing them collectively.

With such care, skill and delicacy are these blooms of forest and field rendered that they seem actually to start from the paper background and invite one to gather and revel in their luxuriance. From the brilliant orange of the aschacholtzia to the tender blue of the shy baby blue eyes and from the flaming vermilions of the hardier varieties as of the soft pinks, yellows and indescribable gamut of colors which the smaller and more delicate flowers run, the entire collection shows an understanding, love and power of rendition which should make this collection the desired property of some public education institution.

In Europe these collections are eagerly sought after and purchased at good prices, as much as $10,000 having been paid for a really fine representation of a country’s native flowers. This particular collection of California’s wild flowers should be placed on public view. The greatest interest would undoubtedly be displayed by those which love nature and her works especially in California.


San Francisco Call, June 3, 1909, p.10, c.7

80 Charming Flower Studies

I read with pleasure in last Sunday’s Call and appreciation of Alice Chittenden’s wild flower studies by Lucy B. Jerome, and like others who have admired the beauty of these unique paintings, have wondered how long the University of California is going to wait before buying them for a permanent exhibit at the art institute.

Will it wait until Stanford has discovered them, or until the Academy of Sciences takes possession of them? Their scientific accuracy would make them most valuable as a botanical exposition, but their delicacy of execution and the exquisite beauty of their coloring make me hope that they will not be buried in any merely scientific collection.

If I were building a country home I would have a morning room in gray-green satin wood and around it these 80 charming flower portraits would form the most beautiful frieze possible.

This last a gratis suggestion to Mrs. Will Crocker or the Joseph D Grants or any other people of taste with an understanding of the real value of such a work of art.

Source: San Francisco Main Library