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A Bride

ca. 1895 Abbott Handerson Thayer Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849 Died: Dublin, New Hampshire 1921 oil on canvas 21 x 17 1/8 in. (53.3 x 43.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Gellatly 1929.6.111 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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A Bride

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Abbott Thayer painted this study for a large society portrait of Alice Maude Allen Atwater of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He sketched her from life and focused on the details of her face and her general pose. But in the finished version, which he made in his studio, he lavished attention on the bride's gown of Japanese gold cloth with a Belgian rose-point lace bodice. Years later the dress remained in his mind, but when asked who the bride was, he had trouble remembering. (Prelinger, American Impressionism: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2000)


Dress - ceremonial - wedding dress

Figure female - full length



paint - oil

fabric - canvas