ALCOTT, May (1840-79). An American artist, daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott, and wife of Ernest Nieriken. She was born at Concord, Mass., and after attending the Boston School of Design, studied under Krug, Dr. Rimmer, Hunt, Vautier, Johnston, and Müller. She showed considerable skill in still-life studies, but attained her greatest success by her oil and water-color copies of the paintings of Turner, which were highly praised by Mr. Ruskin, and were given to the pupils of the South Kensington schools, London, to work from. Mrs. Nieriken was the author of Concord Sketches (Boston, 1869).