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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Hale, Edmund Charles Tarbell, Charles Herbert Woodbury, and William McGregor Paxton. Again, Mary was at the fore- front as one of the original tenants at the Fenway Studios where she maintained her stu- dio from 1906 to 1940. To a great degree, Mary kept her personal and her profes- sional lives separate. She never married, which freed her to concentrate on her artistic career. In addition, most of her adult life she lived with her two sisters at 319 Washington Street in Wellesley in what was known as the "Clapp House" or "Hazelton House." The three sisters were known as the "Misses Hazeltons" by friends and neighbors. Mary pursued her art career in Boston, working mainly in oils but also in water colors. Her commissions for portraits and figural interior works in the Boston School tradition were high demand. She was equally adept at still lifes, landscapes, and seascapes (especially along the Cape Ann coast and the family's cottage at Isle au Haut, Maine). Olivia continued her musical education work, and Margie was the homemaker. Interestingly, Olivia and Margaret, for the most part, kept joint bank accounts. Mary, on the other hand, maintained her own accounts and all non-personal corre- spondence was mailed to her Fenway address. Mary was active in the community of Wellesley, and in 1912 was commissioned to paint large murals of the four virtues and other pieces for the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church. During World War I, like many well-known artists, she painted "loan campaign" posters used to support the war effort. The construction of her piece Victory Record for this purpose was possibly aided by brother, Isaac. Her next major award was a bronze from the important Panama-Pacific Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915 where she exhibited her painting The Letter. The following year she exhibited Lady in Black and The Letter winning the Popular Prize award in at the Newport Art Association in Rhode Island. Mary was known as a "Tarbellite," like many of the talented students of Edmund Tarbell — the revered teacher at the Museum School and first president of the Guild of Boston Artists. These artists were felt to faithfully follow his style and teachings of what is now known as the "Boston School." To some, being a Tarbellite was considered a negative term implying a lack of indi- Horatio Hunnewell 102 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 Mary Brewster Hazelton

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