Alice Kent Stoddard
The Puppies’ Angel, Date unknown
Oil on canvas

Gift of Samuel David, 1972

A well-known society portraitist and avid animal lover, Alice Kent Stoddard often included family pets in her depictions of Philadelphia’s elite. In The Puppies’ Angel, a fluid image with expressive color and brushwork, a beautiful angel protectively holds a small puppy.

Born in Watertown, Connecticut, Stoddard was a first cousin of renowned artist Rockwell Kent. She studied at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art & Design), and then at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (with Thomas Eakins, Thomas Anshutz, and William Merritt Chase), where she received the Cresson Traveling Scholarship. She later worked as a “combat artist,” and was sent to Europe during World War II as a mechanical draftsperson for airplane design.

Stoddard married artist and longtime friend Joseph Pearson in 1948. They lived on Wayne Avenue in Mount Airy, and Stoddard volunteered and exhibited her work at Woodmere Art Museum.

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