Overview

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Inscription

upper right: To his friend / Louis Husson / Thomas Eakins / 1899.; on reverse: To Katy Husson from her friend Thomas Eakins.

Marks and Labels

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Provenance

The sitter [1844-1923], Philadelphia, from 1899. His daughter, Katharine Husson Horstick [Mrs. Simon M. Horstick, d. 1956], Hatboro, Pennsylvania, by 1917; bequest 1957 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1911
Fifteenth Annual Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1911, no. 74.
1917
Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the Late Thomas Eakins, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1917, no. 104, as Portrait: Louis Husson.
1989
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Walter Curley, U.S. Embassy residence, Paris, France, 1989-1992.
Bibliography
1930
Goodrich, Lloyd. "Thomas Eakins, Realist." Pennsylvania Museum Bulletin 25 (March 1930): 27, no. 189.
1933
Goodrich, Lloyd. Thomas Eakins: His Life and Work. New York, 1933: 190.
1967
Schendler, Sylvan. Eakins. Boston, 1967: repro. 256.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 52, repro.
1974
Hendricks, Gordon. The Life and Work of Thomas Eakins. New York, 1974: 170, repro. 171.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 150, repro.
1980
Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1980: 116, repro.
1981
Williams 1981, 169, repro. 171.
1982
Goodrich, Lloyd. Thomas Eakins. 2 vols. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1982: 2:215, repro. 58.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 553, no. 838, color repro.
1988
Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. Rev. ed. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1988: 134, repro.
1989
American Paintings from the Manoogian Collection. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Detroit Institute of Arts. Washington, D.C., 1989: repro. 126.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 166, repro.
1996
Kelly, Franklin, with Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Deborah Chotner, and John Davis. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1996: 173-176, color repro.
Technical Summary

The support is a 1 x 2 twill weave fabric that is unlined and appears to be attached to its original four-member, mortise-and-tenon stretcher.[1] Over the white ground, which covers all but the right tacking margin, the paint was thinly and fluidly applied. Some of the uppermost glazes in the coat are abraded. There is scattered inpainting in the tie, beard, forehead, and jacket. In 1957 an additional layer of varnish was applied. The varnish has become slightly discolored.

[1] A paper label affixed to the cardboard backing reads: "cleaned and revarnished with Mastic by Charles Bregler Phila. Pa June 1938" (in NGA curatorial files).

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