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(note: most of this was excerpted by the newspaper verbatim from the
1905 prospectus for the Eric Pape School of Art.)


Eric Pape, the Master of the Pageant, was born in San Francisco, California, October 17th 1870. His art education began in the San Francisco School of Design, under Emil Carlsen, after which he went abroad, where he remained five years. While in Paris he studied under the French masters, Boulanger, Lefebvre, Constant, Doucet Blanc, Delance, and Jean Paul Laurens, and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts under Gerôme.

In 1889 he worked for a year among the peasants and the picturesque country of northern Germany, and painted his first large Salon picture, "The Young Spinner of Zeven" ("Le jeune Fileuse de Zeven"), which was exhibited in 1890 at the Salon Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Champ de Mars, Paris, France. It was later awarded a medal at the California Midwinter Exposition.

In October, 1890, he left Paris for Egypt, where he remained two years, living over nine months by the great Sphinx and Pyramids of Gizeh. During this sojourn in the East, he traveled much on the Nile and made a trip through a portion of the Sahara Desert.

Mr. Pape's productiveness has been prodigious. He exhibited:

Mr. Pape has exhibited several years at the Society of American Artists, New York; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Art Institute, Chicago; Academy of Design, New York; Art Club, and at the Copley Society of Boston, and numerous other exhibitions in the United States. His paintings are to be found in many private collections of art throughout the United States.

A year after his return from Europe he was married, on August 16, 1894, to Miss Alice Monroe, daughter of the late Prof. Lewis Baxter Monroe—author, dean and founder of the Boston University School of Oratory.

Mr. Pape has been awarded five medals. In 1902 he was made a member of the Society of Arts, London, England. He has been a member of The Players, New York, since 1895. He was elected to the Atlantic Union, London, England, 1906 and was a foundation member of the United Arts Club, London, England, the same year. He is represented in "European Pictures of the Year," published in London, 1893; "Le Salon de 1893" (edition de luxe) published in Paris; "Great Biblical Pictures of the XIX Century," published by Cassel, London, 1893; in the "Studio" London, 1902; "Brush and Pencil," 1899, and many other important works.

Among the many works illustrated by Mr. Pape are the following:

He also made a great number of illustrations in prominent magazines for stories and poems. From 1893 to 1895 he made many portraits of distinguished personages. He has traveled extensively in Europe and the Orient, and in the remote and artistic sections of the United States and Mexico.

He founded the Eric Pape School of Art, Boston in 1898, one of the largest institutions of its kind in the country, and he has since then been its Director and Head Instructor.

He designed and executed in 1906 the petition to Congress from the citizens of Massachusetts, to preserve from destruction the famous U. S. Frigate Constitution, and circulated this petition, securing 30,000 names in three weeks. The immense illuminated parchment and scroll is now permanently on exhibition in the Naval Museum at Washington, D.C. The Massachusetts Society, Sons of the Revolution, passed resolutions thanking Mr. Pape for his efforts in preventing the destruction of "Old Ironsides."

In 1907 he designed the memorial, dedicated August 15th, 1907, Commemorating the Founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1623. It consists of a colossal bronze tablet surrounded by a bold granite bas-relief on a huge boulder (200 feet long by 50 feet high), at Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, Mass.

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