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Memoirs of a dating dad

As soon as he could use a knife, he began to carve various objects, which were much admired by his playmates.

Her husband, George Pratt, a graduate of Yale University and a lawyer, was the son of the first Bela Lyon Pratt of East Weymouth, Massachusetts.

As Sarah Victoria held her infant boy, Bela Lyon Pratt, in her arms, it is doubtful she had any inkling that, by the turn of the century, he would already have carved out a strong artistic reputation for himself.

Bela Lyon Pratt was a quiet, unassuming family man.

According to all reports, he was renowned for his generosity, humor and kindness.

His early death on May 18th, 1917, at age 49, sealed shut the solid reputation he had built as a Beaux Arts, deeply American sculptor.

He had helped form and become a vital part of the Boston School of Art, but it had to move ahead without his shining light.

Although his sculptures reflected little of the more “modern” cubist school, the character of his pieces was always clearly American in their demeanor.

Pratt’s wife, Helen Lugarda Pray Pratt, also a fine sculptor herself, carefully preserved quantities of photographs of his works, numerous articles referring to his work, as well as historic letters and documents.

Neither exotic nor scandalous, Pratt’s life cannot be characterized as “titillating” as can be said of many of his contemporaries.

His death came at a time when the art scene was shifting away from European influence to a truly American School.

Most fortunately for us, she refrained from chucking his weekly personal hand-written letters, unselfconsciousness in their nature, which he had obligatorily written to his mother, Sarah Victoria Whittlesey Pratt over the years. And finally, connect this amazing, unpretentious man to his works, all 180 of them!