Townsend Bradley Martin

  • Abbott Handerson Thayer, Townsend Bradley Martin, 1919, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Grosvenor Backus, 1950.11.14

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Townsend Bradley Martin was the grandson of Henry Phipps, the business partner of steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. In this portrait sketch of the young boy in a garden, Townsend’s shirt nearly disappears in the foliage. Abbott Thayer was fascinated with natural history, and he developed a theory of natural camouflage that is obvious in his paintings of animals but often creeps into his portraits as well. (Nemerov, “Vanishing Americans: Abbott Thayer, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Attraction of Camouflage,” American Art, Summer 1997)

Title
Townsend Bradley Martin
Artist
Date
1919
On View
Dimensions
27 5/8 x 21 3/4 in. (70.1 x 55.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Grosvenor Backus

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Martin, Townsend Bradley – child
Object Number
1950.11.14
Palette
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