For the first time in 160 years a Belmont site associated with iconic American artist Winslow Homer will open its doors for regular public tours, according to a press release.
Tours of Belmont’s Homer House this summer will include 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: Homer's uncle's 1853 summer residence. A turn at croquet on the front lawn is included in admission.
“If Homer’s studio in Prout's Neck, ME, represents the grand finale of Homer's life and art, Belmont's Homer House is its sweet beginning-- the young Homer, the romantic Homer, the ascendant talent, the Civil War artist/correspondent,” said Susan Smart, vice president of the Belmont Woman’s Club, which has maintained Homer’s uncle’s house and grounds since 1927.
Unlike the artist’s Maine studio, however, the Belmont site 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 1873 Boys in a Pasture, are Belmont-based, set at or near the summer mansion of his wealthy uncle, William Flagg Homer.
Winslow Homer lived with his family in a farmhouse nearby.
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 at 661 Pleasant Street.
It is accessible via MBTA buses #74 and #75 and also by commuter rail to Belmont Center.
Admission is $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, and free for children 12 and under.
Call 617-484-4892 or visit www.belmontwomansclub.org.
Please note: There is no wheelchair access.