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The Old-Fashioned Dress (Portrait of Helen Montanverde Parker)

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

Date:
c. 1908

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
60 1/8 x 40 3/16 inches (152.7 x 102.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1929-184-29

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Thomas Eakins and Miss Mary Adeline Williams, 1929

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Label:
Eakins met Helen Parker (1885–1975) when she was a young student at the School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia. She reportedly posed for Eakins about thirty-five times, two or three hours at a time, wearing this dress, which had belonged to her grandmother. The model later recalled that Eakins was fascinated by her neck and the dress itself, and not so interested in her face. Parker, who referred to this as her "Ugly Duckling portrait," donated the gown to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1961.

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