Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ceramic Sculptures by Alice Irving

The Grotesque
Painted clay sculpture, 1980's-1990's

The Drunkard
Painted clay sculpture by, 1980's-1990's

The Lost Soul
Painted clay sculpture, 1980's-1990's

The Storyteller
Painted clay sculpture, 1980's-1990's

The Bully
Painted clay sculpture, 1980's-1990's

The Cowboy
Painted clay sculpture, 1980's-1990's

The Frenchman
Painted clay sculpture, 1980's-1990's

The Pirate
Painted clay sculpture, 1980's-1990's

  The Sailor
Painted clay sculpture, 1980's-1990's

Paris - Perspective sur la Seine"

"Paris - Perspective sur la Seine"

I found this plate in an antique store in Hayes Valley years ago. It's a
magical plate.  I'm not sure how it was made but when you look at it
there is depth that draws you in so that you feel like you're right there -
walking along the Seine.


William Irving Photographs and History

My father, William Irving

My father (unknown location, 1940's)

Family Coat of Arms, Crest and Motto

Portrait of my paternal grandmother, Anne Ostrom Irving
(b. September 2, 1899)

Earl, Ann, grandmother and Jack, grandfather
(back of photo below)

Written by my grandmother in January (year unknown).
A lot of old photos were printed with postcard backings.

My father, 1945

Excerpt from Biography:

1943 to 1944 - "Attended US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, Graduated April 21, 1944 and received Third Mate License and USNR Commission as Ensign."

1945 - "Shipped out as Third Mate on Liberty Ship. In fall of 1944 signed on as Third Mate on S/S Chantilly (T-2 Tanker) operating between U.S. and U.K. in North Atlantic. January 1945 joined S/S Bushy Run (T-2) as Third Mate. This ship was employed between Persian Gulf and Mediterranean. Received Second Mate License and was signed on as Second Officer S/S Creighton Victory. Made one voyage from West Coast to Philippines and return, then a second voyage to China and thence to East Coast U.S. via Singapore and Suez Canal."

May 1946 - "Received Chief Mate License (renewed 3rd Issue April 1962). decided to leave the sea and study art at the National Academy of Design, New York City. Realizing that art is a difficult field in which to make a living in 1947 I signed on as Navigator of the Yacht, Southern Sea (120' twin diesel), and took her from Miami to Seattle. I was employed by the U.S. Army Transport Service there in June and sent as Chief Mate to the Columbia River Decommissioning Unit in Cathlamet, Washington."

A note: My grandfather, Captain John H. Irving, told one of his other sons to go to New York City and 'convince' my father, who was happily living the bohemian artist's life, that he must abandon a career in art for one in the military.

Grandmother Anne Ostrom Irving with her three sons
From left: William Clark Irving "Buddy" ( my father), Clark Ostrom Irving "Lambie", and John Hamilton Irving, Jr. "Sonny"

My father, "Buddy" as a young boy on horseback

My father on an old race horse at Del Monte California Stables, 1931
Grandfather training a horse while in the US Cavalry.

My paternal grandfather, Captain John Hamilton Irving, riding Big Ben when he was in the 5th US Cavalry in Fort Clark, Texas 1929. He retired as a Colonel on November 30, 1944. (b. 4-27-1897, d. 10-4-1965)
He was the son of John Beaufain Irving III. His grandfather was the artist, John Beaufain Irving I.

Father's journal excerpt:

"Dad commanded A Troop, 5th Cavalry, and it was here that my mother taught me to ride and to swim. We were transported to school in a mule-drawn ambulance wagon."

Grandfather's journal excerpt Sept.-Oct. 1929:
"Jumped the show horses over the course. They all went well. Sent Big Ben out for an hour and he showed great improvement on his jumping. Inspection of quarters and stable by the General..."

My paternal grandmother, Anne Ostrom Irving

My grandmother, Anne Ostrom Irving, riding Big Ben, September 1929.
She was the daughter of Cora Chambers Ostrom (1871-1956)

The Irvings of South Carolina were great horse racing people. One of them,  John Beaufain Irving II, my great, great grandfather was also an artist.  His father John Beaufain Irving I, "Dr. John", owned rice plantations on the Cooper River near Charleston and wrote A Day on the Cooper River and The South Carolina Jockey Club.

Ancestors include the following signees of the Declaration of Independence:

Arthur Middleton (1742-87)
Buried in Episcopal vault at "Middleton Place"
near Charleston, S.C.

Thomas Heyward, Jr. (1746-1809)
Buried at Episcopal family cemetery
Old House Plantation
Jasper County, S.C.

Thomas Lynch, Jr. (1749-79)
He was a representative of South Carolina
who signed for his father due to illness.

Marge Irving Frost (about 1915)
At the bottom of this portrait is a "Very truly yours" signature by Harry Roseland, who may have been the artist.

"Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree" (Written on back of photo by Grandmother Irving, 1955)
 This amazing tree overlooked Dyes Inlet at my grandparent's property in Bremerton.

Having fun with Dad on Dyes Inlet during family reunion at grandparent's estate. (August 1961)

Family Reunion at our grandparent's place on Dyes Inlet in Bremerton, Washington (August 1961)