Monadnock No. 2

Artist: Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921)
Historical period(s)
Oil on canvas
H x W: 90.2 x 90.2 cm (35 1/2 x 35 1/2 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 10: A Perfect Harmony

Oil painting

mountain, snow, sun, United States, winter

Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921) painted in 1912 [1]

Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from the artist, Abbott Handerson Thayer[2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer [3]


[1] See Voucher No. 25, Charles L. Freer to Abbott H. Thayer, Box 119, Folder 12, Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, copy in object file.

[2] See note 1.

[3] 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.

Research completed July 29, 2022

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Abbott Handerson Thayer (C.L. Freer source) 1849-1921
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Thayer's modest home in Dublin, New Hampshire, afforded a stunning view of Mount Monadnock, a magnificent peak that had  long provided solace and inspiration for the poets of New England.  Monadnock became the spiritual center of Thayer's life: he would feed his soul, he told Freer, by gazing on its unspoiled beauty.  He was particularly taken with the landscape in winter, when the region was almost deserted.  Although his versions may appear more expressive than representational, they were meant to be portraits, faithful to nature.

Published References
  • Eric Aho. New York. .
  • Susan Hobbs. Nature into Art: The Landscapes of Abbot Handerson Thayer. vol. 14, no. 3 New York, Summer 1982. pp. 4-55, fig. 41.
  • Ross Anderson. Angel in the Parlor: The Art of Abbott Thayer. vol. 34, no. 1 New York, December 1982. p. 30.
  • Elizabeth Lee. Therapeutic Beauty: Abbot Thayer, Antimodernism, and the Fear of Disease. vol. 18, no. 3 Washington, Fall 2004. p. 35, fig. 4.
  • Ross Anderson. Abbott Handerson Thayer. Syracuse. p. 102.
  • Where the Mountain Stands Alone: Stories of Place in the Monadnock Region. Hanover. p. 125.
  • Thomas Lawton, Linda Merrill. Freer: a legacy of art. Washington and New York, 1993. p. 161, fig. 108.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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