Abbott Handerson Thayer , (American, 1849-1921)
Oil on canvas
H: 241.3 W: 182.9 D: 11.4 cm
Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1915.67a-b
When Freer offeref to buy this emotionally charged painting"my heart's legacy to the world," as Thayer called ithe must have asked that any remaining copies of the Stevenson Memorial be turned over to him, for another of the trial compositions seems to have made its way into his possession. Although the figure was probably copied by Thayer's student Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), Thayer himself appears to have painted the head, "the dominating central fact" of any of his figure paintings, according to Gladys Thayer. The facial expression, she said, "must sing as it were from corner to corner of the canvas."