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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Attributed to Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins, American (Philadelphia, PA 1844 - 1916 Philadelphia, PA)
Standing Female Nude
Work Type
19th-20th century
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Physical Descriptions

Black chalk and charcoal on off-white laid paper
43.5 x 25.9 cm (17 1/8 x 10 3/16 in.)
other; upper sheet (upper sheet): 18.9 x 15.7 cm (7 7/16 x 6 3/16 in.)
sheet; lower (lower sheet): 25.2 x 25.7 cm (9 15/16 x 10 1/8 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, Purchase through the generosity of Melvin R. Seiden and Janine Luke in memory of Agnes Mongan
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European and American Art

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The drawing is composed of two sheets joined together horizontally. The sheets were reattached by the paper lab in August of 1975.

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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