Frank Alfred Bicknell was a resident of Old Lyme, Connecticut and a painter of landscapes. He is associated with the Old Lyme Colony of painters and was one of its steadfast members.
Within the United States, Bicknell studied with Albion Bicknell who is believed, but not known for certain, to have been a relative.
His studies abroad were undertaken at the Julien Academy in Paris. He studied under Bouguereau and Robert-Flurey. He was a member of the National Academy of Design, the Paris American Art Association, the Pittsburgh Art Association, The Chicago Water Color Society and many other important art organizations of his time. His first exhibition at the National Academy of Design was held in 1887 when he was 21 years of age.
Frank Alfred Bicknell was born in August Maine, lived for a time in New York but is generally thought of as being a resident of Old Lyme.
Ironically enough, despite the body of work that Bicknell left behind, there are no known photographs of the artist himself. He was never painted by any of the Old Lyme colony painters nor, apparently, did he leave behind a self-portrait, making him something of a mystery in the art world.