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Thomas Wilmer Dewing
The Hermit Thrush
1890
oil
34 3/4 x 46 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



Thomas Wilmer Dewing, an amateur ornithologist, used the sinuous curve of the old pine tree to suggest the song of the hermit thrush, a favorite bird of Cornish, New Hampshire, where he often summered. The two women stand knee-deep in grass, listening to the sounds in the trees, their arms positioned like the wings of a bird.