Nantucket Sand Dune

  • C. Morgan McIlhenney, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Nantucket Sand Dune, ca. 1890, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Milton Horn, 1981.62

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This painting was originally attributed to Abbott Handerson Thayer, but closer study reveals it to be by Philadelphia artist Charles Morgan McIlhenney. McIlhenney exhibited a few times at the Boston Art Club and spent time sketching on Nantucket, probably in the late 1880s. Many painters in the late nineteenth century went on sketching trips to New England, creating images of the unsheltered beaches and picturesque towns along the coast. The dark clouds in this oil sketch emphasize the bright sandy slopes and, together with the windswept vegetation, create a haunting view of the Atlantic shore.

Title
Nantucket Sand Dune
Artists
Formerly attributed to Abbott Handerson Thayer
Date
ca. 1890
On View
Dimensions
18 x 40 1/8 in. (45.6 x 101.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Milton Horn

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – Massachusetts – Nantucket
  • Landscape – beach
Object Number
1981.62
Palette
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