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Abbott Handerson Thayer
Cornish Headlands
1898
oil
30 1/8 x 40 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



While traveling near Cornwall, England, in the summer of 1898, Thayer wrote about this painting to his friend, the architect Stanford White, saying it was “one of a very few things I've done that I love and know to be something like great art.…I sat down on that headland and just reveled in the wonderful fact that its splendor could be to some extent perpetuated on that canvas.”