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    Sale 1911

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    29 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 83

    Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)

    'Nymph and Bittern'

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)
    'Nymph and Bittern'
    bronze with brown patina
    9 in. (22.9 cm.) high
    Cast in 1965.


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    Nymph and Bittern was originally conceived by Thomas Eakins in 1876 as a wax model and still exists in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a gift from the artist's wife. In 1930, Mrs. Eakins and Samuel Murray, a close friend of the artist and respected sculptor in Philadelphia, had a plaster cast made of the model and presented it to Seymour Adelman, a friend and Eakins collector. Three bronze casts were made from the model in 1965 by Mr. Adelman. One he gave to the artist Leonard Baskin, another to the dealer, Herman Shickman and the third was bequeathed by him to the Bryn Mawr College Museum.

    Provenance

    Leonard Baskin.
    Sale: Shannon's, Milford, Connecticut, 26 October 2000, lot 116.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.


    Literature

    The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Sculpture of Thomas Eakins, Washington, D.C., 1969, p. 32, no. 2d, another example illustrated.