"An absolute favorite of mine, Polly Thayer Starr’s View of MIT at Night, from Boston illuminates the prestigious school at probably its quietest and calmest time of day. The light blue Charles River slowly flows by the school and Esplanade, as maroon-colored trees offer a place to rest for any late-night wanderers like the artist herself. Starr has then lightly added the glowing lights of classrooms to the calm currents of the Charles. Polly Thayer Starr’s pieces are treasured among the works of Boston artists, and her view of MIT has given us beautiful interpretation of one of the city’s (and the country’s) most treasured institutions."- Melanie R. Fortin, Gallery Assistant
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View of MIT at Night, from Boston is an engaging depiction of the college situated along the Charles River, with the sun’s last rays reflecting off the famed dome of the McLaurin building. The artist’s vantage point from the Charles River Esplanade has its own special meaning to Thayer and her family: her childhood home was on Bay State Road just a few blocks away and she would later raise her two daughters with husband Donald Starr at nearby 198 Beacon Street. Additionally, when construction of Storrow Drive took over a portion of the parkland in the 1950s, Donald Starr served a vital role in preserving and establishing additional greenspace along the Esplanade to offset the lost land, considering it one of his proudest achievements.
Private collection, Riviera Beach, Florida, for the last twenty-five years
Color notes verso of board in pencil, possibly the artist's
Childs Gallery, Boston, with typed address of possible previous owner: Mrs. R. E. Danielson / 301 Berkeley St. / Boston, Mass.