Polly Thayer’s city scenes hold a special charm given the artist’s longtime association with Boston and particularly the Back Bay neighborhood; her childhood home was on Bay State Road, which runs parallel to the Charles River, and she would later raise her two daughters with husband Donald Starr at 198 Beacon Street.
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Facades shows the distinctive architecture of 172, 174, 176 and 178 Commonwealth Avenue, situated along the southern side of the thoroughfare, between Dartmouth and Exeter Streets. It’s a familiar sight to those who’ve wandered along the Commonwealth Avenue mall and observed the interesting dichotomy of architectural styles of 176-178 Commonwealth Avenue, with its Romanesque arched portico and Flemish-inspired roofline.
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. TH-244, October 2004
To private collection, Ipswich, Massachusetts, January 2005 to present
Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. TH-244
Centennial Exhibition, Polly Thayer (Starr): A Celebration of the Artist’s 100th Birthday, Vose Galleries, Boston, November 2 – December 31, 2004