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Will H. Low
Self-Portrait at Montigny
1876
oil
21 3/4 x 18 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design



In the summer of 1876, Will H. Low moved with a group of friends to Montigny, a small town south of Paris on the outskirts of the Fontainebleau forest. His friend, the poet Robert Louis Stevenson, described how Low “entertained his friends in a leafy trellis above the weir, in sight of the green country and to the music of the falling water.”