One Day in June

Media - 1909.7.62 - SAAM-1909.7.62_1 - 103
Copied William Thomas Smedley, One Day in June, ca. 1880-1885, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans, 1909.7.62
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Artwork Details

One Day in June
ca. 1880-1885
24 1416 14 in. (61.541.4 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of William T. Evans
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Recreation — leisure — conversation
  • Figure group
  • Architecture Interior — domestic — house
  • Landscape — season — summer
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Artwork Description

William Thomas Smedley was famous for his illustrations in Harper’s Weekly and other popular magazines. This country scene evokes the Brandywine River valley of Smedley’s youth. The woman’s face glows as she banters with her surprise visitor, who leans into the shadowy room from the sun-drenched field beyond. Smedley’s skill in bringing a story to life shows in this image. We can feel the heat of summer, the cool of the interior, and the excitement of the courting couple.