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Massachusetts Site Associated with Artist Winslow Homer Opens This Summer

May 3, 2013

The Homer House in Belmont celebrates Homer’s early life and career

BELMONT, Mass., May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – This summer, for the first time in 160 years, a Massachusetts site associated artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) will open to the public.  The 1853 Homer House in Belmont, MA, will offer tours beginning May 25.

The Belmont house, in suburban Boston, was the summer mansion of Homer’s wealthy uncle, William Flagg Homer.  It is one of two sites in the United States directly associated with the iconic 19(th) century artist.  The other, Homer’s studio in Prout’s Neck, ME, reopened for public visitation last fall.

“If Winslow Homer’s studio in Maine represents the grand finale of his life and art, the 1853 Homer House in Massachusetts is its sweet beginning — the young Homer, the romantic Homer, the ascendant talent, the Civil War artist,” said Susan Smart, vice president of the Belmont Woman’s Club, which has maintained the house and grounds since 1927.  

Unlike the artist’s Maine studio, the Belmont house has survived largely unknown, a historic treasure its stewards, the Belmont Woman’s Club, hope will now be discovered and enjoyed.  A number of Homer’s early works, including many illustrations, the 1860s croquet paintings and the 1872 Boys in a Pasture, are Belmont-based. 

The first season’s tours of the Homer House will feature an exhibit, Winslow Homer’s Croquet Summer, which explores the series of croquet images created by Winslow Homer in Belmont just after the Civil War. Visitors will learn the story behind these early works in the setting that inspired them: the Homer House’s front lawn.  A turn at croquet on this same lawn is included in admission

Tours will be offered on the hour at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays, beginning May 25.  The Homer House is located eight miles from Boston at 661 Pleasant Street, Belmont, MA 02478.  Admission is $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, children 12 and under free.  

The Belmont Woman’s Club, a nonprofit organization founded in 1920, has maintained the Homer House since 1927, when it saved the property from demolition.  Visit www.belmontwomansclub.org, or call 617-484-4892 for information.

SOURCE Belmont Woman’s Club


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