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image of Baby at Play Thomas Eakins (artist)
American, 1844 - 1916
Baby at Play, 1876
oil on canvas
overall: 81.9 x 122.8 cm (32 1/4 x 48 3/8 in.) framed: 106.7 x 147.3 cm (42 x 58 in.)
John Hay Whitney Collection
1982.76.5
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From the Tour: Homer and Eakins: American Painters in the Late 1800s
Object 3 of 8

Conservation Notes

The support is a twill fabric that is evenly coated with a moderately thick white ground. It has been lined, but the original tacking edges are preserved, and it is mounted on what appears to be the original five-member (including a vertical crossbar), mortise-and-half-miter stretcher.[1] The paint layers range from very thin to very thick, applied by brush and, in places, palette knife. Orange-red marks on the vertical edges presumably had to do with the placement of the original design or transfer from a sketch. The painting is generally in very good condition, although the paint is somewhat abraded overall. X-radiography reveals vertical bands of damage at the top of the painting that may be original to it and were perhaps repainted by the artist. In 1932, 1957, and 1985 discolored varnish was removed and the painting was restored.


[1] On the reverse, a paper label, written in ink and graphite (probably by Charles Bregler), reads: "canvas rebacked, & varnished with Mastic Jan. 1932." Similar labels are affixed to the portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Husson [1952.2.1 and 1952.2.2].

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