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Bought from the artist
12017-03-08T17:41:09-08:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5c156237gallery2017-04-23T06:43:09-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5cIn the SCMA's earliest days, in the 1870s, artworks were often bought directly from the artists who created them. Examples of this include Abbott Handerson Thayer's Winged Figure (now at the Art Institute of Chicago), Thomas Wilmer Dewing's Lady with a Lute (now in the National Gallery of Art), and Winslow Homer's Song of the Lark (now at the Chrysler Museum of Art).
Buying art directly from artists ensures the authenticity of the work, demonstrates a commitment to the working creative and shows an active interest in contemporary art, as Smith wanted to do as an early teaching institution dedicated to the arts.
12017-03-08T17:38:54-08:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5cChile Hassam's "Union Square in Spring"51896, oil on canvas, 21 1/2 x 21 in, SC 1905:3-1, Purchased with the Winthrop Hillyer Fundmedia/hassam_unionsquare.jpgplain2017-04-15T11:42:24-07:00All Reproduction Rights Are Reserved and RestrictedSMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ARTNorthampton, MA 01063Registrar / Collection Manager413-585-2765413-585-2763 (main)Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5c
12017-03-21T19:26:29-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5cThomas Wilmer Dewing's "Lady with a Lute"31886, oil on wood, 20 x 15 3/4 in., NGA 1978.60.1, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Walter Timmemedia/dewing_LUNA copy.jpgplain2017-04-15T11:47:10-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5c
12017-03-21T19:31:12-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5cWinslow Homer's "Song of the Lark"31876, oil on canvas, 38 5/8 x 24 1/4 in., Chrysler Museum of Art 83.590, Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. in honor of Dr. T. Lane Stokesmedia/homer_songofthelark copy.jpgplain2017-04-15T11:48:49-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5c
12017-03-08T08:41:38-08:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5cAbbott Handerson Thayer's "Winged Figure"31889, oil on canvas, 51 1/2 x 37 3/4 in., AIC 1947.32, Simeon B. Williams Fundmedia/thayer_wingedfigure.jpgplain2017-04-15T11:50:53-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5c