Lilian Westcott Hale was an American Impressionist painter. According to the 1880 original Bridgeport archival records at the Connecticut State Library, the 1900 Federal Census, her grave site, she was born on December 7, 1880, as Lillie Coleman Westcott to Edward Gardiner Westcott and Harriet Clarke, her father was the President of the Bridgeport Sharp's Rifle C. in the late 1870s and was its treasurer in 1880. He would become the treasurer of the Bridgeport Lee Arms Co. Hale studied at the Hartford Art School with Elizabeth Stevens, in 1899 with William Merritt Chase at the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art on Long Island, her art education continued at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, with Edmund Tarbell. On June 11, 1902, she married artist Philip Leslie Hale, whose father was Edward Everett Hale, whose sister was Ellen Day Hale, they lived in Dedham and had a daughter named Nancy in 1908. Her work consists of charcoals as well as paintings, her subjects included still lifes and landscapes, but she is best known for her portraiture.
In his book, The Boston Painters, R. H. Ives Gammell says "She had a flair for picking the revealing gesture which expressed her sitter and offsetting its dominant lines with aptly chosen surroundings so as to create a tapestry of shapes and colors which enchant the eye, her portraits charm us as decorative wall hangings in the same degree that they fascinate as revelations of character. This twofold triumph is noteworthy in her portrayals of children." And in a review in the Boston Globe of an exhibit that included some of her works, Christine Temin stated, "Her drawings are veiled in a soft haze, the product of a technique based on thousands of wispy vertical strokes. While other figures in this show trumpet their importance, gazing assertively at the viewer, the women in Hale's drawings are caught in intimate, contemplative moments, and while other interiors in the show are stuffed with Oriental porcelain and fine antiques, Hale's untitled 1930 room featuring a multi-paned window casting geometric shadows on the floor, has a Shaker simplicity.
" Her work is associated with the Boston School of American Impressionism. In 1927, Hale won an Altman Prize from the National Academy of Design, her work is in the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art. Her papers are held with the Hale Family Papers at Smith College. Http://www.spanierman.com/Hale,-Lilian-Wescott/bio/thumbs/biography http://www.piercegalleries.com/artists/iart_hale_lilian_westcott.html Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Works by Lilian Westcott Hale
Michael Schlatter was an American German Reformed clergyman. Schlatter was educated at the gymnasium of St. Gallen, after which he was tutored in theology, proceeded to the University of Leyden and the University of Helmstedt in Brunswick, he returned to his tutor for some time before being ordained in 1739. He taught for several years in Holland and entered the German Reformed ministry, he officiated a few months in Switzerland, offered his services as a missionary to the German Reformed emigrants in Philadelphia in 1746, after learning of a request made to the Dutch Reformed Church for ministers by German Reformed clergyman John Phillip Boehm and went to Pennsylvania in that year, arriving on 6 August. He served as pastor of the united churches of Germantown and Philadelphia in 1746-51, organized a synod which met in Philadelphia in 1747, made extended missionary tours among the German Reformed settlers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey and New York State. In 1751, he returned to Europe to report on his work.
In Amsterdam, he published a journal of his experiences and transactions in America, with an account of the Reformed congregations and their dearth of pastors. Of this book, he made a German translation, afterward it was rendered into English by Rev. David Thomson, of Amsterdam, distributed throughout Great Britain; as a result of Schlatter's appeal, £20,000 was raised in England and Holland for the establishment of free schools among the Germans in America. He secured the assistance of six young preachers, 700 Bibles. In March 1752, Schlatter returned to Philadelphia with the money and preachers, in 1755 withdrew from his pastoral activities to become superintendent of the establishment of the schools among the Germans under the auspices of the Society for the Propagation of the Knowledge of God among the Germans, a group of people from London, of whom William Smith was secretary; the schools were unpopular with the Germans, in 1757 Schlatter resigned his superintendency. He accepted an offer by Lord Loudoun to become chaplain of the Royal American regiment, which he accompanied on an expedition to Louisburg.
He remained with the army until 1759, preached at Chestnut Hill and surrounding places. In 1764 he was a chaplain to the 2nd Pennsylvania Battalion under Henry Bouquet on a mission against the Indians. In 1777, while still attached to the royal army, he refused to obey orders on account of sympathy with the colonial cause, he was imprisoned, his house was plundered. He married Maria Henrica Schleidorn of New York City, they had nine children, six of whom survived them; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Rines, George Edwin, ed.. "Schlatter, Michael". Encyclopedia Americana; this publication in turn cites: Harbaugh, Life of Rev. Michael Schlatter This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wilson, J. G.. "Schlatter, Michael". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton; this publication in turn cites: Life by Rev. Henry Harbaugh J. I. Good, History of the Reformed Church in the United States, 1725-1792, 1899 M. Pritzker-Ehrlich, Michael Schlatter von St. Gallen, 1981 Harbaugh, Henry.
The life of Rev. Michael Schlatter. Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston. "Schlatter, Michael". New International Encyclopedia. 1905