N.E. Montross (1849-1932), New York to 1890 
From 1890 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from N.E. Montross in February, 1890 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Voucher of February 1, 1890, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
- Previous Owner(s)
N.E. Montross (C.L. Freer source) 1849-1932
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
The handsome Clara Adelaide May (1872-1946) posed for this canvas that Thayer simply called "Head." With that title, he sought to endow his female figure with a monumentality that one contemporary called "the heroic dignity of the Roman matron of legend." Despite Thayer's allusion to classical sources, viewers at the time saw this canvas as a portrait that revealed the young woman's dignified personality. In fact, she was a neighbor girl whom the artist saw often at the summer art colony in Dublin, New Hampshire.
(Quotation from Royal Cortissoz, "Personal Memories," The Arts, [a memorial issue on the artist's death], (June-July 1921))
- Published References
- Prizes for American Artists., October 14, 1890. p. 1.
- Thomas B. Brumbaugh. An Artist and His Model: Abbott H. Thayer and Clara May. vol. 10, May 1978. p. 25, fig. 2.
- Nichols Clark. Charles Lang Freer: An American Aesthete in the Gilded Era. vol. 11, no. 4 New York, October 1979. p. 56, fig. 3.
- Thomas Lawton, Linda Merrill. Freer: a legacy of art. Washington and New York, 1993. pp. 155-6, fig. 104.
- Collection Area(s)
- American Art
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