Study for "William Rush Carving His Allegorical Figure of the Schuylkill River"

A work made of oil on canvas mounted on board.
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Date:

1876/77

Artist:

Thomas Eakins
American, 1844–1916

About this artwork

Best known for his realist portraits and scenes of contemporary life, Thomas Eakins also spent considerable energy on history paintings. Here, he executed a study for a painting that celebrates an early American sculptor, William Rush. In the finished painting, Rush is depicted carving his Water Nymph and Bittern (1809), for which the model poses; the statue adorned a public square in Philadelphia, the hometown of both artists. Eakins, an ardent advocate of studying from life, highlights this artistic working method in his rendering of the female form. In 1870s America, artistic studies from the nude figure remained a rarity, a condition that Eakins worked hard to overturn in the following years as an instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

On View

American Art, Gallery 176

Artist

Thomas Eakins

Title

Study for "William Rush Carving His Allegorical Figure of the Schuylkill River"

Origin

United States

Date

1876–1877

Medium

Oil on canvas mounted on board

Dimensions

35.9 × 28.6 cm (14 1/8 × 11 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Dr. John J. Ireland

Reference Number

1968.91

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