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A.L. Ripley
Paris, Along the Seine, 1924
Watercolor on paper
26 x 21 in.
A.L. Ripley
Watercolor on paper
20 x 26 in.
A.L. Ripley

(American, 1896-1969)

Alden Lassell Ripley was born on December 31, 1896 in Wakefield, MA and studied at the Fenway School of Illustration (1917) and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School under Frank W. Benson and Philip Leslie Hale and he was awarded the Paige Traveling Fellowship to study abroad (1924-1925) from the Boston Museum School.

Ripley was a member of the American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, Boston Art Club, Guild of Boston Artists, American Watercolor Society, National Society of American Artists, New York Water Color Society, and he was an Associate of the National Academy of Design.

Ripley exhibited and won numerous prizes for his watercolors throughout the United States including the Logan Prize and other medals of distinction at the Art Institute of Chicago (1926,1928,1936); Boston Watercolor Society (1929); AWCS (1945, 1947, 1952, 1954); NY Watercolor Club (1933); Prize, American Artist Magazine (1952); National Academy (1953, 1964); American Artist Professional League (1954, 1955);Boston Art Festival (1955); Allied American Artists (1957); Concord AA (1955); Jordan Marsh (1955).

Ripley was given solo exhibitions at: Guild of Boston Artists (1926, 1930, 1942, 1972 commemorative); Grand Central Art Gallery, NY (1949); Worcester Art Museum (Paul Revere historical paintings, 1965); DeCordova Museum (MA, 1977 retrospective).

Ripley is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; Boston Public Library; Atlanta AA; Beaverbrook Art Gallery Fredericton, NB, Canada; Winchester Public Library (murals); USPO, Lexington, MA and more. He was a teacher at the Harvard School of Architecture (1929) and his professional life as a painter concentrated on painting watercolors of wild birds and fishing scenes from nature. He wrote a chapter in 1955 in the book Water Color Methods. He died in Lexington, MA on August 29, 1969 and bequest his paintings to the Guild of Boston Artists.

Reference: Falk, Exhibition Record Series; Who Was Who in American Art, vol. 3, p. 2776; Who's Who in Art (1960, 1966, 1947); Guild of Boston Artist Exhibition Records.