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Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)
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Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)

Study for "The Actress"

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Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)
Study for "The Actress"
bears inscription 'original sketch/for "An Actress"/by Thomas Eakins/1903' (lower left)
oil on canvas laid down on board
13¾ x 10½ in. (35 x 26.7 cm.)
Painted circa 1901.
Provenance
The artist.
Estate of the above.
Susan Macdowell Eakins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, wife of the artist.
Charles Bregler, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Joseph Katz, Baltimore, Maryland.
M. Knoedler & Company, New York.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, acquired from the above, 1961.
Gift to the present owner from the above, 1966.
Literature
L. Goodrich, Thomas Eakins: His Life and Work, New York, 1933, p. 197, no. 385 (as Sketch).
M. Knoedler & Company, A Loan Exhibition of the Works of Thomas Eakins (1844-1944) Commemorating the Centennial Year of his Birth, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1944, p. 16, no. 66 (as An Actress (Sketch)).
D. Sewell, Thomas Eakins: Artist of Philadelphia, exhibition catalogue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1982, p. 128, no. 139, illustrated.
Exhibited
New York, M. Knoedler & Company, A Loan Exhibition of the Works of Thomas Eakins (1844-1944) Commemorating the Centennial Year of his Birth, June-July 1944.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Thomas Eakins: Artist of Philadelphia, May 29-August 1, 1982.

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The present work is a preliminary study for The Actress (Suzanne Santje) painted in 1903, which is currently in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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