Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Susan Macdowell Eakins (1851–1938)
22.4 x 16.7 cm (8 13/16 x 6 9/16 in.)
Gift of Charles Bregler, 1941
Not on view
Eakins employed photography to imbue his paintings with increased naturalism. He used his students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as models and began to compile a photographic catalogue that would aid his studies of the human physique. This image is an exercise in pose and gesture in which the stance of the models consciously echoes that of the figures in the sculpted relief beside them.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil in unknown hand on print, verso OA: "The girl on the right is probably // Weda Cook - identification by // Charles Breyler, 1941 // 1606 (3) // neg. by Thos. or Susan M. Eakins. // Platinum Print by Mrs. Eakins"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 37".
Weinberg, H. Barbara. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin: Thomas Eakins and the Metropolitan Museum of Art 52, no. 3 (Winter 1994–95). p. 44.
Elderfield, John, and Peter Galassi. In the Studio: Photographs. Vol. 1. New York: Phaidon Press, 2015. p. 82.