1896 – Born in Missoula, Montana, Allan Clark became a sculptor whose figure work reflected his world-wide travels, especially in the Orient.
– Clark was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Sculpture Society.
1923 – The biggest commission Clark received came when, at age 27, he was asked to sculpt 21 figures–18 life-sized terra-cotta images of famous men, and three larger-than-life stone carvings of male muses symbolizing Mastery, Inspiration and Thought–to adorn the top of the new library of the University of Washington in Seattle.
1924 – Clark and his wife joined an expedition to Japan, Korea and Peking. In Japan he studied woodcarving and polychromy (coloring the surfaces–literally, "many colors"), a technique he used on The King’s Temptress.
– Clark went with Langdon Warner as expedition artist for the second Fogg Museum Expedition to cave chapels in China.
1927 – He returned to the United States, the same year he created The King’s Temptress, and had an exhibition of his work at the Fogg Museum, followed by one in New York and one at The Art Institute of Chicago.