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Thomas Wilmer Dewing
Lady in White (No. 1)
about 1910
oil
26 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



A slender, elegant woman sits in a chair, eyes half-closed in a moment of silent reverie. The interior is bare and the mirror reflects nothing, giving us little clue to the woman's thoughts. Dewing often portrayed such refined women at leisure as the Victorian ideal of femininity.