Prendergast Chronology

Here is a timeline of events in the lives of Maurice and Charles Prendergast according to the Catalogue Raisonné.

The brothers Maurice Prendergast (1858–1924) and Charles Prendergast (1863–1948) were born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The Prendergasts moved to Boston to be near their mother’s family after their father’s business closed in 1868. After completing the required eight years of public school, Maurice pursued a path in commercial art and Charles went to work at Doll and Richards art gallery in Boston. They both went to Paris in 1891 to study art, but only Maurice stayed to establish himself as a fine artist, returning to Boston in 1894. Charles began his career as a framemaker at this time. As painter and framemaker respectively, Maurice and Charles were active in avant-garde circles in Boston and New York in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Maurice paints scenes in Wales

Two watercolors by Maurice which depict scenes in Wales are dated 1886 (cat. nos. 509 and 510), and a sketchbook (cat. no. 1475) which contains addresses in North Wales also has a sketch inscribed "May 1, 87, Everett [MA]."

Maurice travels to Annisquam, MA

Maurice plans to spend summer in Annisquam (letter from Maurice to Esther Williams, May 31, 1908, Williams Papers, Archives of American Art).

Maurice travels in France

Itinerary, according to letters from Maurice to Charles and to Esther Williams, May - June, 1907: Paris by May 31, Versailles June 15, St. Malo June 31 to end of August, Back to Paris in September.

Maurice travels back to Boston

Maurice plans to sail back to Boston on October 26, 1907 (letter from Maurice to Esther Williams, October 10, 1907, Williams Papers, Archives of American Art).

First exhibition for Maurice

First known inclusion of works by Maurice in an exhibition (Boston Art Club).

Parents marry

On February 23 in St. John's Newfoundland, Mary Malvina Germaine, the fourth daughter of H.M. Germaine, M.D. of Boston marries Maurice Prendergast (according to the Family Bible in the Prendergast Archive)

Maurice Prendergast born

Maurice Brazil Prendergast and his twin sister, Lucy Catharine are born and baptized in St. John's, Newfoundland (Family Bible; St. John's Basilica Baptism Records). Lucy Catharine dies "at the age of 18 or 20" (Draft of a letter from Eugénie Prendergast to Peter Wock, July 8, 1960, Prendergast Archive).

Richard Prendergast born

A brother, Richard Thomas Prendergast (with a still-born twin sister) is born on November 19, but dies in 1864 (Family Bible).

Charles Prendergast born

Charles Prendergast is born on May 27th, and baptized on June 24th in St. John's, Newfoundland (Family Bible; St. John's Basilica Baptism Records).

Father listed as a grocer

Maurice Prendergast [Sr.] is listed as a "grocer" at 138 Water Street, St. John's, in the Newfoundland Directory.

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