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Townsend Bradley Martin

1919 Abbott Handerson Thayer Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849 Died: Dublin, New Hampshire 1921 oil on canvas 27 5/8 x 21 3/4 in. (70.1 x 55.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Grosvenor Backus 1950.11.14 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 8B

Luce Center Label

Townsend Bradley Martin was the grandson of Henry Phipps, the business partner of steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. In this portrait sketch of the young boy in a garden, Townsend’s shirt nearly disappears in the foliage. Abbott Thayer was fascinated with natural history, and he developed a theory of natural camouflage that is obvious in his paintings of animals but often creeps into his portraits as well. (Nemerov, “Vanishing Americans: Abbott Thayer, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Attraction of Camouflage,” American Art, Summer 1997)


Portrait male - Martin, Townsend Bradley - child


paint - oil

fabric - canvas