May 16, 2018
Spring brings our annual collaboration with the Hills Garden Club of Wellesley as they select an item from the Wellesley Historical Society collection to inspire floral arrangements. This year, the HGCW chose “On the Porch,” a 1906 oil painting by Wellesley’s own Mary Brewster Hazelton (1868-1953). Six groups presented their elegant interpretations of Hazelton’s painting at their 2018 annual meeting on May 10th at the Wellesley Country Club. Kathleen Fahey, Curator of the Wellesley Historical Society, was on hand to speak to the HGCW about the painting and the artist.
Mary Brewster Hazelton was a distinguished Wellesley artist known for her portraiture, landscapes, and murals. “On the Porch” depicts a family enjoying afternoon tea. The Hazelton home at 319 Washington Street, Wellesley, was the likely backdrop for this painting and the models are the artist’s family; her mother and father are seated on the right and her two sisters, Margaret and Olivia are on the left.
For more information about Mary Brewster Hazelton, click here.
Kathleen Fahey, Curator