The Dancing Lesson, Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Watercolor on off-white wove paper

The Dancing Lesson

Artist:
Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date:
1878
Medium:
Watercolor on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
18 1/16 x 22 9/16 in. (45.9 x 57.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.97.1
Not on view
This watercolor shows three male figures of different generations playing and responding to music. A framed copy of the famous photograph of Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad suggests the figures' familial relationships and emphasizes their emancipation. This watercolor gained Eakins his first award—a silver medal—at the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association exhibition in Boston in 1878.