A gift to all who come to the Benevolent Association

This treasured portrait of Mary Baker Eddy is one of two painted by Margaret F. Richardson in 1922 for the Christian Science Board of Directors. The portrait was based on a photograph taken in April 1886 by H. G. Smith. In 1936 the portrait was placed above the fireplace in the Reception Room of the Benevolent Association. Over the years it has been admired by all who have come through the doors of the BA. The portrait was eventually removed for cleaning. After retrofitting the fireplace with a clean-burning gas insert, we recently returned this beloved painting to its original location above the mantel. We are sincerely grateful to all who gave to have the painting professionally cleaned and reframed. Thank you for making it possible to once again share this beloved portrait of our Leader with all who visit the Benevolent Association.

MBE Portrait Hanging

MBE Portrait Hanging

MBE Portrait Hanging

MBE Portrait Hanging

2 Responses to A gift to all who come to the Benevolent Association

  1. Shirley Terrill Holdman says:

    Dear CHBA,

    That beautiful portrait of Mrs. Eddy brings a special happy memory to thought. I was the receptionist at the CHBA desk many years ago. One year while serving, the Nurses Graduation was held in front of the fireplace under this painting. This sacred grouping one could not forget. As I watched the activity in this precious scene I couldn’t hold back the tears of joy.. Mrs. Eddy gave us so many blessings, all firmly grounded in our Church Manual. Our blessings are endless.

  2. Rosalie Dunbar says:

    So glad to hear about this lovely step of progress!

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