Painting Mellon Square: a memory

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .


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The late Harry Tracey of Mount Washington was a photo engraver by trade but loved to paint. In 1960, his painting of then 5-year-old Mellon Square won the “Everyman’s Art Show” award sponsored by the Post Gazette and Sun Telegraph.
His granddaughter, Suzanne Tracey Smith of Mount Lebanon, sent Walkabout a photo of the painting in honor of the reopening of Mellon Square today. It had been closed for restoration for more than two years.  
Ms. Smith tells us about her grandfather below:
“Harry Tracey grew up on Mount Washington in the late 1800’s and his painting of the coal trucks coming up the side of the mountain hangs in the Carnegie Library in Mount Washington. It was how he remembered it as a boy growing up there. 
“He owned his own business in downtown Pittsburgh called Superior Engraving. I do not know what year he married, but the family lived in Beechview at the time my father was born.
“Grandpa always painted for his own enjoyment and traveled to many places to paint.
“I know he went to art school as a young man and was very clever with clay and making toys for us as children.  I also think that Mellon Square intrigued him as he had lived in Pittsburgh all his life and ... He thought it was a wonderful thing to do in the middle of a city.”


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