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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins, American (Philadelphia, PA 1844 - 1916 Philadelphia, PA)
Standing Male Nude Pulling a Rope
Work Type
19th-20th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black chalk and charcoal on off-white laid paper
42.2 x 48.4 cm (16 5/8 x 19 1/16 in.)
other; upper image, irregular (upper image, irregular): 13.6 x 15.4 cm (5 3/8 x 6 1/16 in.)
sheet; lower (lower sheet, irregular): 29.2 x 48.3 cm (11 1/2 x 19 in.)
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, Purchase through the generosity of an Anonymous Donor and the Richard Norton Memorial Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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The support was originally one sheet which was cut into two, one showing the head and another the body; these sheets have been rejoined.
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

Exhibition History

Drawing on Tradition: The Lost Legacy of Academic Figure Studies, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/19/1994 - 01/29/1995

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