She had taken some lessons in modeling and sent word to Bela by one of the children saying she would give him some clay if he would come see her.
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!
Within these letters are snapshots of the Beaux Art period in Paris France and in America.. And, don’t forget, there are multitudes of “unfinished” or “uncommissioned” works to consider too!!
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.
However, given that she herself had been raised in an artistic atmosphere surrounded by music and art, it was likely that she might indeed encourage her child to follow such a path.