Nantucket Sand Dune

Media - 1981.62 - SAAM-1981.62_2 - 128224
Copied C. Morgan McIlhenney, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Nantucket Sand Dune, ca. 1890, oil on canvas, 1840 18 in. (45.6101.8 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Milton Horn, 1981.62
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Artwork Details

Nantucket Sand Dune
Formerly attributed to Abbott Handerson Thayer
ca. 1890
1840 18 in. (45.6101.8 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Milton Horn
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Landscape — beach
  • Landscape — Massachusetts — Nantucket
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Artwork Description

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.