Portrait of Mary Adeline Williams

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

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 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.

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American Art, 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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