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 lived with Eakins and his wife, Susan. The person presented by this portrait—straitlaced, severe, and spinsterish—is in marked contrast with the active woman described by Susan Eakins in her diary as riding bicycles, going to art exhibitions, and lunching out between sittings for the painting.
- Thomas Eakins
- Portrait of Mary Adeline Williams
- Oil on canvas
- 61 × 50.8 cm (24 × 20 1/16 in.)
- Friends of American Art Collection