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Chester A. Beach
Sculptor, busts and medallic art
Born in San Francisco
California School of Mechanical Arts, Mark Hopkins Institute of Art
1904: moved to Paris to study at Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Academie Julian under the tutelage of Raoul Verlet
Worked as Jewelry designer
In 2009: 3 plaster models for 1921 Peace Dollar Competition (he lost) sold @ auction for nearly $20,000.
1907: Returned to US - gained following for representations of allegorical and mythical figures
Elected to National Sculpture Society (president from 1926-27), Salmagundi Club (salmagundi is a stew made from various meats, seafood, vegetables, fruit, leaves, nuts, flowers, oil, vinegar, spices ... and also a magazine started by Washington irving, similar to today's MAD magazine., basically hodgepodge or mix of widely disparate things), American Numismatic Society, National Academy of Design (youngest member at the time), National institute of Arts and letters1910: Married Elenor Hollis Murdock and settled in Rome for two years
1912: Returned to US with 1st daughter Beata (she became a painter and married Vernon Porter), daughters Eleanor and Natalie were born in America
1915: first commission: designed three statues for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition - received silver medal.
1917: Built studio
in Brewster, NY on 10 acres of land he acquired in trade from a local farmer for two sculptures, later built a home for his family of stone from the old stone walls on the property
1919: Submission for medal commemorating Treaty of Versailles was selected as the winner by American Numismatic Society
1907-1926; exhibitred works yearly without fail at National Academy of Design winter and annual exhibitions
Taught at Beaux-Arts Institute of Design and Grand Central School of Art
1946: Numismatic Society's Saltus Medal for his medallic work