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Throughout his career, Thomas Eakins cultivated and maintained an intellectual and professional relationship with the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, the city in which he lived and worked. This affiliation included Eakins’s enrollment in anatomy classes and the commissions he...

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Lower right: Eakins/1899.

Provenance

1899, painted by the artist in the hope that the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, would purchase this portrait of its dean; when the college rejected the finished painting, the artist gave it to the sitter's wife, Mrs. James W. Holland, Philadelphia; by descent to their children, Rupert Sargent Holland, Lucy Sargent Holland Putnam, and Leicester Bodine Holland; 1943, sold by Rupert Sargent Holland, Lucy Sargent Holland Putnam, and Leicester Bodine Holland to the MFA for $15,000. (Accession Date: September 9, 1943)

Credit Line

A. Shuman Collection—Abraham Shuman Fund

1899

Dimensions

213.68 x 106.68 cm (84 1/8 x 42 in.)

Accession Number

43.211

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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