A Bride

  • Abbott Handerson Thayer, A Bride, ca. 1895, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.111

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Abbott Thayer painted this study for a large society portrait of Alice Maude Allen Atwater of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He sketched her from life and focused on the details of her face and her general pose. But in the finished version, which he made in his studio, he lavished attention on the bride's gown of Japanese gold cloth with a Belgian rose-point lace bodice. Years later the dress remained in his mind, but when asked who the bride was, he had trouble remembering. (Prelinger, American Impressionism: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2000)

Title
A Bride
Artist
Date
ca. 1895
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Dimensions
21 x 17 1/8 in. (53.3 x 43.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – ceremonial – wedding dress
  • Figure female – full length
  • Study
Object Number
1929.6.111
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A Bride
1895, oil on canvas

ABBOTT HANDERSON THAYER
Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1849–Died: Dublin, New Hampshire 1921