Eustis Estate

A. Piatt Andrew

Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942); 1903; Oil on canvas; Gift of Red Roof Associates, 1991 Cape Ann Museum

The celebrated painter Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942) was a close friend to both Piatt Andrew and Sleeper. Her striking portrait of Andrew presents the Harvard professor in his academic robes, yet her subject defied ivory-tower stereotypes. Boasting matinee-idol good looks, profound charisma, and a passion for strenuous sports, Andrew led an adoring coterie that included a number of athletic younger men. Immediately drawn to Andrew himself, Sleeper bought land near the professor’s home in 1907. Shy and often unwell, the designer possessed none of the qualities of Andrew’s outdoorsy beaux; throughout the following decades he held Andrew’s attention, instead, with his ever- expanding home.