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Nantucket Sand Dune

ca. 1890 C. Morgan McIlhenney Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1858 Died: 1904 Formerly attributed to Abbott Handerson Thayer Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849 Died: Dublin, New Hampshire 1921 oil on canvas 18 x 40 1/8 in. (45.6 x 101.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Milton Horn 1981.62 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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This painting was originally attributed to Abbott Handerson Thayer, but closer study reveals it to be by Philadelphia artist Charles Morgan McIlhenney. McIlhenney exhibited a few times at the Boston Art Club and spent time sketching on Nantucket, probably in the late 1880s. Many painters in the late nineteenth century went on sketching trips to New England, creating images of the unsheltered beaches and picturesque towns along the coast. The dark clouds in this oil sketch emphasize the bright sandy slopes and, together with the windswept vegetation, create a haunting view of the Atlantic shore.

Keywords

Landscape - beach

Landscape - Massachusetts - Nantucket

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About C. Morgan McIlhenney

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1858 Died: 1904

About Formerly attributed to Abbott Handerson Thayer

Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849 Died: Dublin, New Hampshire 1921

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