“Have you ever spent a summer, or part of it, in the city? It is heartbreakingly beautiful. Downy trees, fluffing over and furring the buildings which are studded with jewelry, amethyst roofs with ruby chimney pots & sapphire awnings. The pearly gates and golden streets could hardly exceed their beauty.”
- Polly Thayer (Starr) to May Sarton, c.1965
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“The homes of Boston have a splendour that moves her deeply, a feeling strongly reflected in many of her pictures. The endless fascination of the architectural mixture of Moorish, Byzantine, Gothic, and French renaissance along Commonwealth Avenue may be seen in some of her works on view. With New England sobriety the forms of these houses may ‘dance in shoes of lead,’ but they dance.” - B.P.L. News, May 1969