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The Artist's Wife and His Setter Dog

Artist:
Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date:
ca. 1884–89
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
30 x 23 in. (76.2 x 58.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.139
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 764
Eakins began this portrait shortly after his marriage in January 1884 to his former student, Susan Hannah Macdowell (1851–1938), a talented painter and photographer. The setting is his studio at 1330 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, where the couple—and their dog, Harry—lived from 1884 to 1886. A photogravure of the painting from 1886 reveals a more robust woman, suggesting that Eakins reworked the portrait, amplifying the effect of the skylight’s illumination. The alterations may have reflected Eakins’s anguish over his controversial dismissal from the school of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, partly for removing the loincloth from a male model in a co-ed class.
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