Portrait of a Lady (Mrs. William B. Cabot)

  • Abbott Handerson Thayer, Portrait of a Lady (Mrs. William B. Cabot), 1900-1902, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.124

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This is a portrait of the wife of William Brooks Cabot, an accomplished civil engineer in Boston and a close friend of the artist’s. Abbott Thayer began working on Mrs. Cabot’s portrait when he was preparing to depart for Cornwall, England. He not only carried the canvas abroad with him, but also took Mrs. Cabot’s dress so he could refer to it as he completed the painting. Thayer exhibited the finished work at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1900; two years later, he showed it in Philadelphia with some alterations, about which he wrote to his wife, “I feel that the new hands and right arm I put on . . . at the end made Mrs. C.” (Hobbs, unpublished catalogue entry, SAAM curatorial files, 1978)

Title
Portrait of a Lady (Mrs. William B. Cabot)
Artist
Date
1900-1902
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Dimensions
39 x 32 3/8 in. (99.1 x 82.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Cabot, William B., Mrs.
Object Number
1929.6.124
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Portrait of a Lady (Mrs. William B. Cabot)
1900-1902, oil on canvas

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