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Richard Murray research material regarding Abbott Handerson Thayer, 1948-2004, bulk 1994-2001

Murray, Richard, 1942-2006

Curator, Arts administrator, Art historian

Collection Information

Size: 9 Linear feet

Summary: The Richard Murray research material regarding Abbot Handerson Thayer measures 9.0 linear feet and dates from 1948 to 2004, with the bulk of the material dating from 1994 to 2001. Project files primarily document Murray's work on the 1999 exhibition "Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art" and subsequent Thayer book project. Also found are extensive research files on Abbott Handerson Thayer and his specific works of art as well as photographic materials depicting Thayer, his family, studio, house, and works of art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard Murray (1942-2006) was a curator and art historian at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Murray specialized in the works of Abbott Thayer and curated the 1999 exhibition, "Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art." Before his death Murray was researching to write a book on Thayer's paintings and his involvement with conservation projects.


The collection was donated in 2011 by the Smithsonian American Art Museum via George Gurney, curator.

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Language Note

English .