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Miss May Sarton (1912-1995)


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American (Boston, Mass. 1904 - 2006 Lexington, Massachusetts)
Miss May Sarton (1912-1995), 1936
Painting
American
,
20th century
Creation Place: United States
Oil on canvas
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.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Paul J. Sachs through Polly Thayer Starr and May Sarton
, 1994.51
Department of Modern & Contemporary Art
,
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.
Bibliography
"Portraits by Polly Thayer at Philadelphia Art Alliance", Philadelphia Inquirer (November 8, 1936)

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)

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

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

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