Adeline Pond Adams

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Adeline Valentine Pond Adams (1859–1948) was an American writer[1] and the wife of Herbert Adams. The chief subjects of her writings were American fine artists and art history. She published at least seven texts.[2] On December 14, 1930, she was awarded a Special Medal of Honor by the National Sculpture Society.


Adams was born in Boston. She began her art studies at the Massachusetts Normal Art School in 1880.[3]

Adeline Pond and Herbert Adams met in Paris in 1887. Adeline posed for a marble bust that was eventually exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.[4] The couple married in 1889.[5]

Adams was a member of the Cornish (NH) Equal Suffrage League.[6]


Adams's seven published texts include: "The spirit of American sculpture," "Daniel Chester French, sculptor," "Childe Hassam," "John Quincy Adams Ward; An Appreciation," "Sylvia," "An Exhibition of American Sculpture," and "Our medals and Our Medals".[7]

Adams advocated for female sculptors including Laura Gardin Fraser, Evelyn Beatrice Longman, Janet Scudder, Bessie Porter Vonnoh, Abastenia St. Leger Eberle and Anna Hyatt Huntington.[4]

Adams also advocated for war memorials to be created by professional sculptors rather than mass-produced in factories.[4]

In addition to art criticism, Adams also wrote poetry. She wrote two collections of poetry about her deceased daughters.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Fern K. Meyers, James B. Atkinson (2005). New Hampshire's Cornish Colony. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-3753-5.
  2. ^ "Works by or about Adeline Pond Adams in libraries (WorldCat catalog)". Retrieved April 21, 2008.
  3. ^ Morgan, Ann Lee (January 1, 2008). Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195373219.
  4. ^ a b c Marter, Joan M. (January 1, 2011). The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195335798.
  5. ^ N.Y.), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York; Tolles, Thayer; Dimmick, Lauretta; Hassler, Donna J. (January 1, 1999). American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: A catalogue of works by artists born before 1865. Metropolitan Museum of Art. ISBN 9780870999147.
  6. ^ "Looking Back with Aurore Eaton: The Cornish Equal Suffrage League takes action | New Hampshire". Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Adams, Adeline 1859-1948". OCLC WorldCat Identities. Online Computer Library Center Inc. Retrieved March 16, 2016.