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Inscription

upper left: T.E.; on reverse: TO HIS FRIEND / HARRIET CARVILLE / THOMAS EAKINS / 1904

Provenance

The sitter, Philadelphia, until at least 1933;

Bibliography
1930
Goodrich, Lloyd. "Thomas Eakins, Realist." Pennsylvania Museum Bulletin 25 (March 1930): 30, no. 261.
1933
Goodrich, Lloyd. Thomas Eakins: His Life and Work. New York, 1933: 198, no. 397.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 149, repro.
1980
Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1980: 116, repro.
1988
Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. Rev. ed. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1988: 134, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 167, 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: 176-178, color repro.
Technical Summary

The support is a plain-weave, medium-weight, commercially-prepared fabric. It is unlined and attached to its original four-member mortise-and-tenon stretcher. A paper label on the stretcher from F. Weber and Co. gives the address of the company and identifies the stretcher as size X. The paint was fluidly applied over the white ground. The varnish has become only slightly discolored.