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With the face of an Angel (1887), Mary Thayer posed at age 11 for her father's famous allegory of hope and spirituality. Transcribe her diary to discover details about the daughter of an artist in 1888.
Snow in September! Mary Thayer (1876-?) recorded her daily activities in 1887-1888 on a calendar. In this diary, held by the Archives of American Art, the twelve year old often writes about her excursions and life with her "papa." Abbott Handerson Thayer's daughter Mary was very active: she explored the woods, captured and released wildlife, made boating excursions, and posed for her father's work.
Thayer's young life as detailed in these diaries highlights the frequent visitors that the family received, their move from Woodstock, Vermont to Dublin, New Hampshire, and the impact of the weather on her activities. She indicates that the entries are copied from a calendar, and that some events described occurred in 1887.
Transcribe this diary to help researchers learn more about Mary Thayer and her father Abbott Handerson Thayer and explore the online Abbott Handerson Thayer exhibit at the Smithsonian.
With the face of an Angel (1887), Mary Thayer posed at age 11 for her father's famous allegory of hope and spirituality. Transcribe her diary to discover more about the daughter of an artist in 1888.