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One Day in June

ca. 1880-1885 William Thomas Smedley Born: Westchester, Pennsylvania 1858 Died: Bronxville, New York 1920 oil on canvas 24 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. (61.5 x 41.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William T. Evans 1909.7.62 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 15B

Luce Center Label

William Thomas Smedley was famous for his illustrations in Harper’s Weekly and other popular magazines. This country scene evokes the Brandywine River valley of Smedley’s youth. The woman’s face glows as she banters with her surprise visitor, who leans into the shadowy room from the sun-drenched field beyond. Smedley’s skill in bringing a story to life shows in this image. We can feel the heat of summer, the cool of the interior, and the excitement of the courting couple.


Architecture Interior - domestic - house

Figure group

Landscape - season - summer

Recreation - leisure - conversation


paint - oil

fabric - canvas