Abbott Handerson Thayer
Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849
Died: Dublin, New Hampshire 1921
oil on canvas 36 1/4 x 28 1/8 in. (92.0 x 71.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly
Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing
Abbott Handerson Thayer is recognized today for his ethereal angels, portraits of woman and children, landscapes, and delicate flower paintings. Angel is both a portrait of his daughter Mary at age eleven and an allegory of hope and spirituality. Thayer manipulated the paint with brooms, scrapers, his fingers, and even a paint tube to achieve his effects. The Renaissance-inspired frame, called a tabernacle type, was designed specifically for this painting by American architect Stanford White.
Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.
Religion - angel
paint - oil
fabric - canvas
About Abbott Handerson Thayer
Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849 Died: Dublin, New Hampshire 1921