WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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critically important Nation Academy of Design for the best painting by an artist un- der 35 years of age, during the first year that the competition was open to both men and women. Another first came to Mary in 1899 when she became the initial recipient of the Paige Traveling Scholarship from the Boston Museum School. (Subsequently, other histor- ically important artists such as Aldro Hibbard won the prestigious Paige scholarship.) This afforded the artist a stipend to continue her studies with the great teachers in Europe at the turn of the century. Her experience in Europe from 1900 to1903 was clearly successful in that upon her return she opened a studio at the Harcourt Building in Boston along with other artist heavyweights including Joseph DeCamp and William M. Paxton. Her progressive efforts as a single woman in the conservative Boston art world were beginning to advance change. Tragically, some of her work, and that of many of Boston's most famous artists, was lost in the devastating fire at the Harcourt Studios in 1904. The Boston art community along with civic leaders, then put in motion a design for the new Fenway Studios on Ipswich Street. This site today is still a set of active stu- dios and a national historic landmark. It was the home in the early twentieth century to many important artists such as Philip Leslie Hale, Joseph Rodefer DeCamp, George Loftus Noyes, Charles Sydney Hopkinson, William Jurian Kaula, Lilla Perry Cabot, Lilian Westcott 101 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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