Miss May Sarton (1912-1995)
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1994.51
People
Polly Thayer, American (Boston, Mass. 1904 - 2006 Lexington, Massachusetts)
Title
Miss May Sarton (1912-1995)
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1936
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
63.5 x 53.3 cm (25 x 21 in.)
framed: 92.1 x 81.9 x 3.8 cm (36 1/4 x 32 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: u.r.: Polly Thayer 36
Provenance
Polly Thayer (Mrs. Donald Carter) Starr, sold; to Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1937, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1994.

NOTE: Sachs lent the work to May Sarton from the time of his purchase until 1994, with the stipulation that it be given to the HUAM eventually.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Paul J. Sachs through Polly Thayer Starr and May Sarton
Copyright
© Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust
Accession Year
1994
Object Number
1994.51
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Publication History

Erica E. Hirshler, A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston 1870-1940, exh. cat., MFA Publications (Boston, MA, 2001), pl. 82

Earl S. Johnston, "Lauds Exhibit of Two Artists Here", The Patriot [Harrisburg] (Harrisburg PA, December 9, 1936)

Rosamund Frost, "Polly Thayer", Art News (November 15, 1941 - November 30, 1941)

A. Z. Kruse, "At the Art Galleries", Brooklyn (NY) Eagle (November 16, 1941)

"Portraits by Polly Thayer at Philadelphia Art Alliance", Philadelphia Inquirer (November 8, 1936)

Timothy Anglin Burgard, "Polly Thayer and May Sarton: Portrait of the Artists as Young Women", Review / Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 1994), ill. p. 9

Exhibition History

Portraits by Polly Thayer, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, 11/02/1936 - 11/15/1936

Polly Thayer, Harrisburg Art Association, Harrisburg, 12/07/1936 - 12/13/1936

Polly Thayer (The 1941 Burton Emmett Memorial Exhibition), Contemporary Arts Gallery (NY), New York, 11/01/1941 - 12/01/1941

The Persistence of Memory: Continuity and Change in American Cultures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/29/1995 - 05/13/2001

Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted