Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson

KosciuszkoTheo Alice Ruggles Kitson (1871 – 1932), also known as Tho. A. R. Kitson, was an American sculptor born in Brookline, Massachusetts. As a young child she displayed artistic talent, but when her mother attempted to enroll her in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she was informed that the program did not accept female students.

She began studying with sculptor Henry Hudson Kitson in 1886, and married him in 1893. In 1899, she won honorable mention at the Salon des Artistes Francais, and in 1904 won a bronze medal at the St. Louis World’s Fair. After the Kitsons separated in 1909, she moved to Farmington, where she maintained a studio until her 1932 death in Boston, Massachusetts.

In the course of her career she created many public monuments, both with her husband and on her own. Her best known sculptures are “The Hiker,” a monument commemorating the soldiers who fought in the Spanish-American War, the Philippine-American War, and the Boxer Rebellion, and a monument to Thaddeus Kosciuszko in Boston’s Public Garden (pictured).

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