Fruitlands Museum in Harvard is currently exhibiting 10 marble and plaster busts that belonged to its founder, Clara Endicott Sears. Four of the 10 busts have yet to be identified.
Pictured: One of Fruitlands’ unidentified busts. Next
“In one part of her summer house, she kept busts of philosophers, gods, and goddesses,” said Fruitlands curator Michael Volmar of Sears. “The area where she kept this display was a centerpiece of the house; it was where she held luncheons for academics and scholars.”
Pictured: A copy photo shows how busts were displayed outside Sears’ home. Next
The busts had been sitting quietly in an outbuilding since 1960, when Sears’ house was torn down.
Pictured: One of the four unidentified statues. Next
Busts of the Concord philosophers Nathaniel Hawthorne, Alcott, and Ralph Waldo Emerson; the Greek goddess Athena; Asclepius, the Greek god of physicians; and Julius Caesar have been identified, according to Volmar.
Pictured: One of the unidentified busts. Next
“We really wanted to know who these people were and why they were in her home,” Volmar, pictured, said of the busts. Next
This bust was recently identified as Julius Caesar. One of the museum’s trustees recognized it after seeing the original in Italy. Next
The Pergolas, the original home of the busts and Sears’ summer house, was built overlooking the Nashua River Valley in 1912.
Pictured: One of Fruitlands’ unidentified busts. Back to the beginning
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