[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


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.