(audio) What happened to this Portrait of Mary Baker Eddy?

Mary Baker Eddy portrait painting

If you’re visiting the BA for the first time in a few years you may notice something different about the Reception Room. The portrait of Mary Baker Eddy is no longer hanging above the mantelpiece. After seven decades above the majestic fireplace, the painting is in need of restoration.  Click the audio control below to hear the BA’s resident art historian, Rebecca Clower, tell Monty Haas the story behind this beautiful portrait, and what the BA plans for its future.






Special woodwork above the Reception Room fireplace was designed to house the portrait

Artist Margaret Foster Richardson (shown above in a self-portrait) painted the portrait in 1922




2 Responses to (audio) What happened to this Portrait of Mary Baker Eddy?

  1. Rob Scott - Chicago, IL says:

    I remember how I felt after traveling from Chicago to Boston for my first visit for rest and study and seeing this portrait over the fireplace as I walked into the BA. I felt home.

    I even came back in the middle of the night to stand in front of it in my pajamas and pray. It was not adulation. I just couldn’t separate my love for Christian Science from our beloved leader.

    I have returned two more times since that visit and I was saddened to see that the painting was removed. All the residents agreed that they would love to see it returned some where in the lobby as it has brought comfort to those visiting, living, and working, at the BA.

    Perhaps, it will be back up for my next visit. I am sure people would love to contribute to a restoration fund to get this done.

    Truth, Wisdom, Love, and Sincerity, to ALL mankind.

    Rob Scott
    Chicago, IL

    • janiva says:

      Thank you so much for your comments. We certainly look forward to seeing the portrait restored and returned to the reception room where it can be seen by everyone,–perhaps in time for your next visit.

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