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Grace Helen Talbot
20th Century The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Sculptor
American, (1901–1971)
Grace Helen Talbot was born September 3, 1901 in North Billerica, Massachusetts to LeRoy Herrick Talbot and painter Lily Shippy Talbot. She was a granddaughter of Massachusetts Governor Thomas Talbot (1818 - 1886). Following her father's death in 1904, Talbot and her mother travelled throughout Europe until her mother's death in 1911. Talbot returned stateside and lived her maternal aunt in New York City, where she attended the Spence School for girls. At the age of fourteen, she realized her ambition for sculpture, finding great enjoyment in modeling clay in Spence.

Upon graduation, Talbot studied sculpture with Harriet Whitney Frishmuth at Sniffen Court and Solon Borglum at the Art Students League. Thereafter, she travelled throughout Europe, finally settling for a year in Paris. By 1922, she had returned to New York, where her work The Novice was awarded the Avery Prize at the Architectural League's annual exhibition. The Joan of Arc Medal of Sculpture from the Association of Women Painters and Sculptors for her work The Huntress Maid followed. In 1925, she gained membership to the National Sculpture Society on the recommendations of Brenda Putnam, Edward Francis McCartan, and Harriet Whitney Frishmuth.

Her ouevre is characterized by decorative works and ideal pieces based on Greek mythology. Per Frishmuth's influence, she often modelled her works after dancers.

She lived in France and Belgium for a period of time following her 1926 marriage to banker Darley Randall. Harriet Whitney Frishmuth presented a 1922 marble bust of Talbot ot the couple as a wedding present. Upon return to her New York studio, Talbot exhibited classically-inspired works at the National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Talbot died in Syosset, New York on March 22, 1971. She left three children and nine grandchildren.

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