Drawing the Seine

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

Made in United States, North and Central America


Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper

Image: 10 1/8 inches × 13 inches (25.7 × 33 cm) Sheet: 11 1/4 × 16 1/2 inches (28.6 × 41.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor (Dorrance Galleries)

Accession Number:
Cat. 989

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Eakins projected his photograph of fishermen operating the capstan that hauled in their net and traced in faint pencil the outlines of the men, the patches of light on their slickers, the timbers of the retaining wall, and the foam of breaking waves. After he had brushed in his pigments, the artist atypically did not erase the underdrawing, perhaps because he exhibited this watercolor only twice before presenting it as a gift to the Philadelphia art collector John G. Johnson.

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