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[William H. Macdowell and Margaret Eakins in Saltville (or Clinch Mountain), Virginia]

Artist:
Attributed to Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date:
1880–82
Medium:
Platinum print
Dimensions:
Image: 27.4 x 20 cm (10 13/16 x 7 7/8 in.), irregular
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Bregler, 1941
Accession Number:
41.142.2
Not on view
This view, perhaps one of the earliest photographs by Thomas Eakins, shows William H. Macdowell, the Philadelphia engraver (later Eakins' father-in-law), the artist's sister, and two boys on a casual outing to Clinch Mountain, Virginia. The sitters rest on a rough-hewn bench in the shadow of a quarried rock wall that serves like a neutral studio backdrop or curtain for the summer tourists.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil, verso BC to BR: "William H. Macdowell // + Margaret Eakins – // identified by Charles Bregler, 1941 // Neg. by Thos. or Susan M. Eakins. // Platinum print by Mrs. Eakins"
Identified by Charles Bregler, 1941.
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