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Abbott Handerson Thayer
Girl Arranging Her Hair
1918–19
oil
25 5/8 x 24 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



This painting is one of several studies Thayer made of Alma Wollerman. Hired by the artist as a model, she later married his son Gerald and bore him two sons. Thayer painted portraits on commission at the beginning of his career, but later preferred to choose the sitters himself, painting members of his family and close circle of friends.