Abbott Handerson Thayer letter and drawings to Caroline Peddle Ball, [ca. 1890-1893]
Ball, Caroline Peddle, 1869-1938
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921
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A letter from Abbott H. Thayer to "Miss Peddle", unsigned, and two pencil sketches by Thayer of his painting "A Virgin." In a handwritten note accompanying the items, Ball explains: "Here is a letter with sketches by Abbott Thayer. It refers to some little figures I modeled as manikins to use for drapery for his famous painting 'A Virgin.'"
Abbott Handerson Thayer letter and drawings to Caroline Peddle Ball, [ca. 1890-1893]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Thayer, a painter, hired Mrs. Ball to construct manikins for his figure studies in his 1893 painting, The Virgin.
Donated 1998 by Michael Deas. The original items were owned by Mrs. Ball.
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