Alice Kent Stoddard, The Puppies' Angel

Alice Kent Stoddard: The Puppies' Angel (Date unknown) Oil on canvas
The Puppies' Angel
Date unknown
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
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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  • I have a portrait of my father, Alexander Bloomfield McFadden, done by AKS when my father was perhaps 14 years old (maybe 1928?). Does anybody know what happened to AKS's records as it would be amusing to know what she charged for it?

    John McFadden
  • Any additional information would be much appreciated.

    Barbra Stoddard
  • This is a portrait of my grandmother. I have always wanted to see it--my heart just skipped a beat! I grew up seeing personal portraits that the artist had done for family members, but never this.

  • Alexis, is your grandmother Inez Renninger? I would love to talk to you about it. Please email me at Thanks!

    Barbra Stoddard
  • No, sorry she wasn't!