upper left: T.E.; on reverse: TO HIS FRIEND / HARRIET CARVILLE / THOMAS EAKINS / 1904
The sitter, Philadelphia, until at least 1933; her daughter, Elizabeth O. Carville, Tacoma, Washington; gift 1976 to NGA.
- Goodrich, Lloyd. "Thomas Eakins, Realist." Pennsylvania Museum Bulletin 25 (March 1930): 30, no. 261.
- Goodrich, Lloyd. Thomas Eakins: His Life and Work. New York, 1933: 198, no. 397.
- American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 149, repro.
- Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1980: 116, repro.
- Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. Rev. ed. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1988: 134, repro.
- American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 167, repro.
- 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.
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.