John Biglin in a Single Scull

Artist: Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Date: ca. 1873

Medium: Watercolor on off-white wove paper

Dimensions: 19 5/16 x 24 7/8 in. (49.1 x 63.2 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1924

Accession Number: 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."