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Wellesley Historical Society lecture: “Mary Brewster Hazelton-The Forgotten Pride of Wellesley and Boston Art”
October 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
“Mary Brewster Hazelton-The Forgotten Pride of Wellesley and Boston Art”
A talk cosponsored by the Wellesley Historical Society,Wellesley Free Library and the Council on Aging will be held Sunday, October 28 at 2 P.M. at the Wellesley Free Library’s Wakelin Room,530 Washington Street.
Hazelton was a lifelong resident of Wellesley, and one of the most important New England artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. None other than John Singer Sargent said of her that she was “one of the foremost portrait artists of her time”. In spite of her major contributions and success, her reputation has been largely forgotten by the modern audience. To be discussed will be her art, her life and family in Wellesley, and her major trailblazing role in advancing the position of women in the Boston art world of the age. Winner of many awards, she was also one of only a handful of woman teachers in the 1890’s, at the prestigious Museum School affiliated with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She was an original tenant at the Fenway Studios with the most revered Boston artists of the era, a founding member of the Boston Guild of Artists on Newbury St., and a founder and first Treasurer of the Wellesley Society of Artists. Her works are exhibited by many museums and universities, and her archives in addition to about 60 of her paintings are in the collection of the Wellesley Historical Society. Her murals of the Four Virtues grace the walls of the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church.