Thomas Hovenden, Study for “Bringing Home the Bride"

Date
1893
Medium
Graphite on paper
Credit Line
Woodmere Art Museum: Gift of Mr. Stiles Tuttle Colwill, 2018
Dimensions
12 in. x 9 in.

Thomas Hovenden’s Bringing Home the Bride was as a thematic companion to his popular painting Breaking Home Ties, which centered around a son saying goodbye to his family before leaving their farm to find work. Instead of showing a farewell, Bringing Home the Bride depicted a welcome as a newly married couple enters the groom’s family home for the first time. The bride admires the comfortable Victorian interior as her new mother-in-law removes her coat and the rest of the family looks on. 

In this drawing, the figure’s dress identifies her as the sister of the groom. In the final painting she is whispering into her brother’s ear as she appraises his bride. Here, however, she rests her right hand on the outline of his shoulder. 

This work was lauded for its portrayal of “every-day folk” and a universally significant human life experience. Bringing Home the Bride was exhibited alongside Breaking Home Ties at the Chicago Columbian Exposition in 1893.

 

Stories Trigger
Blank field used to trigger form on artwork and artist pages. DO NOT EDIT

Share:

Stories

We invite you to share your ideas, knowledge, and stories as they relate to the art in our collection. Read what people had to say about this art or use the form below and write to us yourself.

Name:
Invalid Input
Email:
Invalid Input on Email
Phone:
Invalid Input on Phone
Message:
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
  • Call to artists! The submission window for The Woodmere Annual: 81st Juried Exhibition is now open! Click here for more info.