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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins, American (Philadelphia, PA 1844 - 1916 Philadelphia, PA)
Reclining Female Nude
Work Type
c. 1863-1866
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Physical Descriptions

Black chalk and black crayon on pink laid paper
actual: 47.3 x 60.1 cm (18 5/8 x 23 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: AM


Recorded Ownership History
To the artist's wife at his death (?), 1916; to Mrs. Robert Wheelwright, Wilmington, DE; to Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York, NY; to John R. Gaines; sold to the Harvard University Art Museums, 1986. Sold at Sotheby's New York as lot no. 31, November 17 1986

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Purchase with Funds given in honor of Konrad Oberhuber
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Lloyd Goodrich, Thomas Eakins: His Life and Work (New York, NY, 1933), no. 15
  • Lloyd Goodrich, Thomas Eakins, National Gallery of Art/Harvard University Press (Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, MA, 1982), vol. I, pp. 11-13, no. 7, repr.
  • The John R. Gaines Collection, auct. cat., Sotheby's (New York, NY, November 17, 1986), no. 31, repr.
  • Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Drawing on Tradition: The Lost Legacy of Academic Figure Studies, Harvard University Art Museums Gallery Series, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1994), no. 12, checklist no. 17, p. 11
  • Nancy Hall-Duncan and William H. Gerdts, The Great American Nude, exh. cat., Bruce Museum (Greenwich, CT, 2002), pp. 12, 16, fig. 8 (color), p. 66 (checklist)

Exhibition History

  • Drawing on Tradition: The Lost Legacy of Academic Figure Studies, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/19/1994 - 01/29/1995
  • The Great American Nude, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, 06/15/2002 - 09/08/2002

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