Alice Baker MacIntosh Diary
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Alice MacIntosh recorded her day-to-day activities during their travels, which often included visiting art museums and galleries, calling on friends, seeing movies, writing letters, and visiting local attractions. Her diary entries also frequently make note of David’s daily activities, the weather, chores and errands, her mood, and her health.
The transcript of the diary includes a chronology of Alice and David’s early lives, marriage, and travels from 1927 to 1928.
- Creation: 1927 -- 1928, 2011
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Biographical / Historical
David MacIntosh (1901 -- February 11, 1941) was a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and received the James William Paige Traveling Scholarship in 1927. He lived in Malden, Massachusetts with his mother, Matilda, and sister, Ruth. Matilda was an artist who worked with watercolors. David studied drawing in evening courses while he was a student at Malden High School. Around this time, David became tennis partners with Deane Baker, Alice Marshall Baker and Joseph Baker’s son. David studied life drawing under Ernest Major at the Boston Normal Art School, was a printing apprentice, and worked at Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
In 1921, David enrolled at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. After moving to Everett, Massachusetts, he married Alice Baker MacIntosh in 1926. The couple eventually relocated from Everett to Huntington Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. David won the James William Paige Traveling Scholarship in 1927. The James William Paige Traveling Scholarship, known today as a Traveling Fellowship and awarded to SMFA alumni, was established in 1894 in order to provide funding for SMFA students to travel to Europe where they could study art for two years. After winning the scholarship, David and Alice traveled extensively across Europe and North Africa from August 1927 until April 1929. During this trip, Alice and David visited England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria, Spain, and Belgium. Ship passenger lists from their travels reveal that Alice often misrepresented her age, even reporting that she was born as late as 1898.
Following their return to Boston, David continued to show his artwork, including portraits, studies of the nude form, landscapes, and etchings. He worked as an illustrator for The Boston Post from 1932 to 1934 and 1935 to 1941. From 1934 to 1935, David was the director of the fine arts department at the Swain School in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Alice and David divorced around 1935. David MacIntosh remarried and with his second wife had one daughter, Jane, who was born in 1939.
David MacIntosh died in Arlington, Massachusetts on February 11, 1941, at the age of 40, due to a cerebral hemorrhage. Alice MacIntosh lived to the age of 94 and died in Boston on July 3, 1979.
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