Archives of American Art

Abbott Handerson Thayer letter and drawings to Caroline Peddle Ball

Collection ID:
Ball, Caroline Peddle, 1869-1938
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921
[ca. 1890-1893]
Physical Description:
4 Items

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
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.'"

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Thayer, a painter, hired Mrs. Ball to construct manikins for his figure studies in his 1893 painting, The Virgin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1998 by Michael Deas. The original items were owned by Mrs. Ball.

Using the Collection
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Repository Contact
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