Thomas Eakins


"Study for Pushing Rail," 1874

Contact gelatin silver print on paper
Appears unsigned; titled on an exhibition label affixed to the frame's backing paper
Sight: 5" H x 3.75" W

  • Provenance: The Edward W. Boulton Collection
    The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Private Collection, New York, NY
  • Exhibited: Island Heights, NJ, The John F. Peto Studio Museum, "Thomas Eakins in New Jersey," May 1- June 27, 2021
    Lambertville, NJ, Pedersen Gallery, "Thomas Eakins Artist of the Common Man," June 10-24, 2023
  • Literature: "Thomas Eakins in New Jersey" (Island Heights, NJ: John F. Peto Studio Museum, 2021), 3.
  • Notes: The John F. Peto Studio Museum alternatively titled this work, "Study, Pushing For Rail," and according to the museum, "In 1873, Eakins contracted malaria. Weakened by the illness, he relied upon photographs of himself and his friends posing in hunting activities as studies for his later paintings." Therefore, the painting "Pushing For Rail," created in 1874 was a result of those earlier studies and is currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY on view in Gallery 764, "In the Artist's Studio, 1865–1900."
  • Condition: Overall good condition. The work is sealed in the mat.

    Framed under glass: 13.25" H x 11.125" W

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