Rediscovering Newton Artists 1850 - 1950


Newton, Massachusetts, has long provided a welcoming home to the arts and to artists whose accomplishments have been recognized around the world. This exhibition focuses on the century between 1850 and 1950 and works of painting and sculpture by artists who were either born in Newton or spent a significant part of their lives here.

These artists were also connected to the world of art in Boston and beyond, whether for the purpose of study, exhibition, or travel. Some followed European artistic traditions, while the work of others reflected developments in American art, and, in particular, the Boston School which flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

"Rediscovering Newton Artists, 1850-1950," originally mounted at the Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead, presents the work of more than twenty artists with stories to tell about their lives in Newton and their place in the world of art.

The Museum of Fine Art, Copley Square

A Hub of the Art World 

For many of these artists, proximity to Boston provided opportunities for education and employment. (More)

The Newton Club

Clubs Gave Art a Social Dimension

Social clubs devoted to cultural activities were a major feature of the arts landscape in Boston. (More)

'Carter Notch from Turtle Pond' by Charles Curtis Allen

The Influence of the Landscape


New England artists developed a great interest in the local landscape. For many it is closely associated with their work. (More)

'Asters' by Harriet Wood Robinson

From 'Old School' to Modernism


Artists represented in this show worked in a range of styles from academician to cutting-edge modernist. (More)