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Abbott Handerson Thayer
A Bride
about 1895
oil
21 x 17 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



This painting was a preparatory sketch for a larger, more detailed portrait of Alice Maude Allen Atwater of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on the occasion of her wedding. While this study emphasizes the bride's likeness and pose, the finished painting devotes more attention to the Japanese gold cloth of her wedding gown, with its ornamented bodice of Belgian rose-point lace.