The Pair-Oared Shell
Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916
Social Tags [?]crew [x] nhd 1860 to 1877 urban [x] nhd 1861 to 1877 leisure [x] philadelphia artist [x] rowing [x]
[Add Your Own Tags]
Eakins was an oarsman himself, and when he returned from his studies in Paris in 1870 he began a series of paintings on the modern sport of rowing. In 1872, he befriended the celebrated John and Bernard (Barney) Biglin when they came to Philadelphia to compete for the world championship of pair-oared shells. Eakins painted them repeatedly over the next two years. Here, the brothers are shown practicing on the Schuylkill River in the early evening, in the shadow of the old Columbia Railroad Bridge.
Explore the Collections
* Works in the collection are moved off view for many different reasons. Although gallery locations on the website are updated regularly, there is no guarantee that this object will be on display on the day of your visit.