Thomas Eakins (American, 1844–1916)
Watercolor on off-white wove paper
19 5/16 x 24 7/8 in. (49.2 x 63.2 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1924 (24.108)
In 1873, when Eakins began painting watercolors for exhibition, he took up sporting scenes. This sheet is a replica of a watercolor (Yale University Art Gallery) that he sent to his Parisian teacher, Jean-Léon Gérôme, for criticism. His master wrote, "Your watercolor is entirely good and I am very pleased to have in New York a pupil such as you who does me honor."