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Watercolor Vignettes – A Birding Year at Allerton Park

We are now in the fourth month of A Birding Year at Allerton. Anyone can join at anytime by ‘buying’ a free ticket through Event Brite. Allerton paid events and entries are now done through this on line app. The … Continue reading

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Watercolor Vignette – Park Groundskeepers / The Allerton Trails Half Marathon

The seasonal Park groundskeepers have returned to work. The mowing season kicked off early for everyone! The Groundskeepers are the seemingly invisible forces who manicure the landscape. during Robert’s tenure on his estate, now public park, the groundskeepers melted away … Continue reading

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Watercolor Vignette – A Walk in the Park

The Park is awash in colors and textures. Wildflowers bloom abundantly throughout the Park. The wildflower season began early this year owing to the unseasonably warm temperatures in late February. On March 12th, Hepatica and Snow Trillium bloomed on the … Continue reading

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Denicheur d’Oursons – The Snatcher of Baby Bears

From the details of a published catalogue La Main et le Multiple, Emmanuel Fremiet, French animal sculptor cast only two of the life-sized bronze statues entitled Denicheur d’Oursons. Translated into English, the title means the snatcher of baby bears from … Continue reading

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The Gorilla Carrying-Off a Woman

The Fremiet group entitled Gorille Enlevant une Femme, translated Gorilla Carrying-off a woman, and commonly referred to locally at The Gorilla, made its spectacular debut at the Salon of 1887. Fremiet’s previous version in 1859 titled Gorilla carrying-off a Negro … Continue reading

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The Fremiet Bronzes – The Bear and The Gorilla

A catalogue raisonee refers to the 1899-1900 commission of the Park’s Denicheur  and Gorille. The Rock Island politician and railroad tycoon, Ransom Cable, commissioned the pair. Ransom’s family owned he Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, commonly referred in song and legend … Continue reading

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All is Bright – Tuesdays – Saturdays Through January 15

ALL IS BRIGHT at The Park. Kirby Medical Center in Monticello is partnering with Allerton Park to bring people out of doors to enjoy an evening walk through a lighted magic land. The path from the main parking lot to … Continue reading

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The Fremiet Gorilla – Gorille Enlevant une Femme

Two bronze sculptures surprise the unsuspecting visitor walking the trail at Robert Allerton Park (aka ‘The Park’). Commonly just referred to as The Bear and The Ape or Gorilla, the pair are masterpiece works of art by Emmanuel Fremiet. They … Continue reading

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The “Snatcher of Baby Bears” – Fremiet Reinstalled

The Fremiet “Bear” previously installed at The Park has recently been reinstalled near its original installation site on the path near the newly renovated Goldfish Pond. The trail off the main parking lot or off the Foo Dog Garden will … Continue reading

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Puvis de Chavannes at Allerton House and Boston Public Library

What does The Park (Robert Allerton Park) and the Boston Public Library have in common? The answer: Puvis de Chavannes. Have you visited the Boston Public LIbrary. The murals by the great French artist, Puvis de Chavannes were painted in … Continue reading

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