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Riter Fitzgerald

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Thomas Eakins (American, 1844–1916)

About this artwork

Riter Fitzgerald—the art, music, and literary critic for the Philadelphia Evening Item—championed Thomas Eakins’s work and publicly defended the artist when his teaching methods proved controversial. Eakins’s portrait of the journalist is informed by Fitzgerald’s open-minded opinions, his appreciation of diverse art forms, and his commitment to intellectual life. Comfortably seated in his book-lined library, Fitzgerald is portrayed as a genteel man who enjoys a leisurely, yet contemplative lifestyle. With an open book in his lap, he thoughtfully gazes into the distance, peacefully lost in the realm of ideas.


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Arts of the Americas


Thomas Eakins


Riter Fitzgerald


Philadelphia (Place depicted)

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Oil on canvas


Signed, lower left on base of bookcase: "EAKINS 95"


193.7 × 163.2 cm (76 1/4 × 64 1/4 in.)

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Friends of American Art Collection; Goodman Fund

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