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Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic)
Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic), 1875
Thomas Eakins, American
Oil on canvas
8 feet x 6 feet 6 inches (243.8 x 198.1 cm)
Gift of the Alumni Association to Jefferson Medical College in 1878 and purchased by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2007 with the generous support of more than 3,600 donors, 2007
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Let’s Look

  • What is happening in this picture? What is everyone doing?
  • What areas catch your eye? What made you look there?
  • Describe the character of Dr. Gross, the doctor in the center. What do you see that tells you about him?
  • Why do you think the artist included so many other people in this portrait of Dr. Gross?
  • This painting was created over one hundred years ago. What clues tell you so?

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