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Portrait of Mary Adeline Williams

Dark portrait of an older light-skinned women with dark hair in a black dress and white collar, her hair pinned up. Her face is in partial shadow.
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  • Dark portrait of an older light-skinned women with dark hair in a black dress and white collar, her hair pinned up. Her face is in partial shadow.

Date:

1899

Artist:

Thomas Eakins
American, 1844–1916

About this artwork

During his lifetime, Thomas Eakins painted more than 200 portraits, only 25 of which were commissioned. Mary Adeline Williams was a personal friend of the artist; Eakins first met her when she was a childhood playmate of his sister. Later, as an unmarried woman, Williams, who was known as Addie, lived with Eakins and his wife, Susan. Although Eakins’s portrait presents Addie as straight-laced and severe, this is in marked contrast with the active woman Susan Eakins described in her diary as riding bicycles, going to art exhibitions, and socializing between sittings for the painting.

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Arts of the Americas, Gallery 176

Artist

Thomas Eakins

Title

Portrait of Mary Adeline Williams

Origin

Philadelphia

Date

1899

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

61 × 50.8 cm (24 × 20 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1939.548

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