MARY ANNE - BLT 1924
MANITOU, MANITOULIN ISLAND
GENERAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION
September 17, 1865, Peru, Indiana. Son of Joseph Caledon Clark and Charlotte
Ann (Ward) Clark. Educated public schools Kingston, Ont., Canada. NOTE:
Clark's education is unverified. Various reports include his being home schooled
by his father. It would seem his formal education was "meager" as one report
reports state he started out painting signs and barns, work in a shipbuilding
concern, learned complex carpentry and special painting skills, along with
some basic photography. With this background young clark travelled to New
York City finding work with Lafayette W. Seavey. Seavey is generally believed
to be the individual who fulfilled the demand for theater, photography and
artists back-ground sets as a large-mail order company. Prior to that time
most artistic scenery was painted on location by itinerant artisans. Seavey's
operation allowed different venues to choose from a cataloge of hundreds
of pre-painted sets. It was apparently this area that Clark's artistic bent
was nourished as both painter and prop builder (often papier mache stumps,
trees, objects used in various artistic tableaus)as well as catalogue
according to various reports, Clark then proceeded to work in the studio
of legendary lithographer/photographer
(1821-1896). Sarony, also a friend of Seavey, began his career
as a lithographer and after a time with Nathaniel Currier (of Currier &
Ives fame), created his own firm of Sarony & Major, eventually becoming
Sarony, Major & Knapp. That entire string of business assocations running
from 1843 to 1867. Sarony then entered the market as a photographer and
eventually became the best known portrait/celebrity photographer in the country.
Clark also mentions of having spent time with another New York City celebrity
photographer, Jose Maria Mora (1849- ?) also a protegee of Sarony, who opened
his own very successful studio in 1870. Another report mentioned that Clark
spent some time studying at the Cooper Union in NYC.
Scattered throughout other magazine articles are reports of Clark having
worked with- or for - two other photographers: J.M. Brainard of Rome, NY
and W.T. Richardson, and Englishman who worked in New York city in the early
timeline for these associations is not specific in any of the published reports.
But it would seem likely the Clark went to NYC sometime in the late 1870's
or early 1880's. Apparently working first for Seavey, then Sarony (one report
even states that Sarony actually hired young Clark away from Seavey, Sarony
being a frequent visitor and close friend of Seavey). I would
suspect his time with Mora was most likely last, and probably brief. After
leaving NYC Clark apparently went to Oneida, NY, where he operated as a
photographer from at least 1887-88 through 1890-91 according to city directories.
In 1892 he moves to Detroit, often quoted as a hard date. He was, according
to a family member, invited to join the studio of a Mr. Huntington, an
established Detroit photographer; there is an extant example of a cabinet
card bearing the business logo of
Clark". The two first appear in the city directory in 1894.
That lasts 9 years. Clark then sets off on his own a few blocks north at
654 Woodward, staying there at least until 1912. From here he moves
to the Cass-Putnam corner staying there the rest of his life.
All children by first marriage.
marriage- Mary (Lewis) Clark -Mary Lewis was from a family in Oneida, N.Y.
According to a family member, Frank Scott Clark was working as a photographer
in nearby rome, N.Y. and that is where the two met and were married in Rome
(or Onieda) date is uncertain as yet. Their first child was Florence, born
Edith Ethelyn, (date uncertain) then Frank Scott Clark Jr.(1892,93-1979)
The children (now married) were noted in Clark's obit of 1937
as:Mrs.Frank(Florence) Kirby, Mrs. Norman(Edith) R. Langley, and Frank Scott
Clark Jr. & -five grandchildren. "All of Detroit". Clark divorced his
first wife in 1905 or 06.
on F.S. Clark Jr. obit, Mar 11, 1979-(1892-93-1979)"he died
Buried Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Children were Frank S.(ClarkIII) (1912-1998) & Hugh
Clark Jr. was commerical artist with S.S. Kresge Co for 40yrs.-.Detroit
second marriage was to Mary Louise Foster in 1908, in Louisville, Ky. Mary
Foster was born in Louisville but raised in Detroit along with her sister
Annie Ward Foster. Mary Foster's father was from a prominent early settler
family of Battle
Michigan. "the sisters and their mother were social arbiters of Detroit society
for three generations through contacts formed in the mother's famous dancing
class." (Detroit News Obit of Mary Foster Clark, Nov.20, 1946)
IN CHICAGO. CA. 1915-19.
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AWARDS & EXHIBITS
JUNE 29, 1919
DAGUERRE MEDAL -1909
GOLD MEDAL - 1907
Professional Portraiture in America"
Able Publishing Co. Cleveland,
TO A LIVING GRANDDAUGHTER,
HAD VISITED PARIS, FRANCE.
OWNED A PAINTING BROUGHT BACK AS A
FOR HIS DAUGHTER FLORENCE,
WOMAN'S MOTHER. IT IS STILL N THE
CLARK RELATIVE TOLD ME SHE HAD
BE A WATCH FOB WITH THE INITIALS "FSC"
ALSO THOUGHT THIS ITEM WAS FROM
WHERE THE FOB IS NOW IS UNCLEAR.
HAVE NOT FOUND ANY ABSOLUTE EVIDENCE
OF THE FRENCH TRIP.
DOESN'T MEAN IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.
Scott Clark in his studio
artist, a medium he turned
more as he grew older.
News Photo - 1935
BY H.H. PIERCE,
MEETING OF PROF.
IN ST. LOUIS
URGE A SPECIAL PLACE
AT ST. LOUIS WORLD'S