His extended family often included brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, who spent summers on North Haven Island, Maine, where, at his closest friend, Frank Weston Benson’s recommendation, he purchased property in 1903 on Bartlett’s Harbor, a short walk through the woods to Benson’s home and studio.
To round out this New England Yankee’s very full life of work and play, he eventually owned a sizeable farm and several houses on and around the old family residence in Salem CT.
For more information, please visit the Bela Lyon Pratt Historical Society web site at: By Peter O’Brien, May 2016 The Beginning … Breitenbach manufactured Gude’s Pepto-Mangan, a mixture of iron and manganese.
The Ebay dealer’s offering of “three journals about Jamaica Plains, Mass” was priced right even though the conditions he described ranged from good to fair to poor. Pepto-Mangan was claimed to cure a seemingly endless list of ailments.
His early death on May 18th, 1917, at age 49, sealed shut the solid reputation he had built as a Beaux Arts, deeply American sculptor.
He had helped form and become a vital part of the Boston School of Art, but it had to move ahead without his shining light.
They tell of his colleagues, his family, his struggles and successes, all the while defining what is now referred to as “The Boston School of Art.” They are a veritable treasure trove of information, carved from his own hand. Follow the transformation of a work of sculpture from the initial idea to reality. This article and photograph provided courtesy of the Bela Lyon Pratt Historical Society.
It’s been a long time coming, but finally, Bela Lyon Pratt, eminent American sculptor enters the 21st century! Copyright 2011, Bela Lyon Pratt Historical Society, All Rights Reserved.
’ My mother, rather impatiently said ‘Bela pinches them out of beeswax. He always plays with it.’ I distinctly remember hearing her discussing the matter with my father in the evening.
Thereafter, Bela was allowed to ‘play’ with beeswax to his great delight.
He golfed, fished, played billiards and even established the N.
E archery club, all this with his colleagues and wide circle of friends.
However, given that she herself had been raised in an artistic atmosphere surrounded by music and art, it was likely that she might indeed encourage her child to follow such a path.