Arts Everyday Living: More Angels in Art—The Artist’s Heavenly Daughter

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Thayer angel



If you’re an angel fan, you may already be familiar with Abbott Handerson Thayer’s celestial beings.  For Thayer (1849-1921), an American artist mainly working in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was often praised for this specialty, from the somber figure gracing his memorial painting honoring writer Robert Louis Stevenson to his imaginative depictions of angelic messengers flying above the mountain landscape of his New Hampshire home.

However, Angel above is his most beloved representation, modeled for by the artist’s11 year old daughter Mary in 1887. She stares ahead, as if in a hypnotic trance—half child, half adolescent, attached to a superb pair of feathered wings reflecting, in Thayer’s words, his lifelong passion for birds.

Source: Smithsonian American Art Museum website.


Abbott Handerson Thayer, Angel, 1887, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.


The above image is used solely for educational purposes.




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