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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Attributed to Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins, American (Philadelphia, PA 1844 - 1916 Philadelphia, PA)
Head and Torso of a Woman with Ribbon in her Hair
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Study of a Woman with Ribbon in her Hair
Work Type
19th-20th century
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Physical Descriptions

Black chalk and charcoal on off-white laid paper
18.7 x 16 cm (7 3/8 x 6 5/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Jasper Deeter, Rose Valley PA, Gift to Thomas Suma, 1930. Deeter supposedly got the works from Eakins.
Thomas Suma, Rose Valley PA, Gift of Jasper Deeter, 1930, Sold to M. R. Schweitzer, 1945. Suma received the works from Deeter in lieu of salary. His last name might have been "Summa."
M. R. Schweitzer, Purchased from Thomas Suma, 1945, Sold to Adams Davidson Gallery, 1975.
Adams Davidson Gallery, Washington DC, Purchased from M. R. Schweitzer, 1975, Sold to Seiden and De Cuevas, 1975. Purchased with the assistance of Dr. David Morowitz.
Vermeer Associates Limited, Purchased from Adams Davidson Gallery, 1975, Sold to Harvard University Art Museums, 1997.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Director's Acquisition Fund and purchase through the generosity of an anonymous donor in honor of Liliane and José Soriano
Accession Year
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European and American Art

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Publication History

  • David Sellin, The First Pose: 1876: Turning Point in American Art: Howard Roberts, Thomas Eakins, and a Century of Philadephia Nudes, W. W. Norton & Company (New York, NY, 1976)
  • Ronald Onorato, "The Context of the Pennsylvania Academy: Thomas Eakins' Assistantship to Christian Schuessele", Arts Magazine (May 1979), vol. LIII, no. 9, p. 129, note 12

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