Samuel Aloysius Murray (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1869–1941 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
1907; cast 1923
9 x 9 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (22.9 x 23.5 x 21.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1923
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 764
Thomas Eakins (1844–1916) was an instructor at the Art Students’ League of Philadelphia during the winter of 1886–87, when Murray enrolled as a student. The two men shared a studio from 1892 to 1900 and portrayed many of the same people in their works. In this diminutive statuette, Eakins is shown seated cross-legged on the floor in the process of painting The Agnew Clinic (1889; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia), a canvas so large it could not fit on an easel.
Signature: [top of base, right]: MURRAY/ 1907
Inscription: [right side of base]: SAMUEL MURRAY / COPYRIGHT 1907
Marking: [foundry mark, left side of base]: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N.Y.