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Reading the Legend by Lilly Martin Spencer (American, 1822-1902). Oil on canvas. Gift of Adeline Fling Wing, Class of 1898, and Caroline Roberta Wing, Class of 1896.

Selected by Florie Seery '83

There was a terrific exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 19th-century American painting. I am a fan of that period and of the Hudson River School, so I was loving the exhibit. So many evocative, bucolic paintings, filled with social history. Just when I didn't think it could get any better, I saw a beautiful painting by a woman artist, unusual for the time period and unusual for this exhibit, so I took note. It was Reading the Legend, by Lilly Martin Spencer, and it was lent to the Met by the Smith College Art Museum. It is a beautiful painting. My eyes welled up with tears. I was so proud of Smith!


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