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Sketch for "The Gross Clinic"

Sketch for Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2007-1-1

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

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


Oil on canvas

26 x 22 inches (66 x 55.9 cm) Framed: 32 x 28 x 2 1/2 inches (81.3 x 71.1 x 6.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

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

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In planning the complex elements of his monumental painting The Gross Clinic, Eakins made a number of oil sketches, including portrait studies of Dr. Samuel D. Gross and several of the assistants and students depicted in the amphitheater. In this surviving sketch, Eakins organized the major compositional elements of the painting, the critical relationships between the light and dark tones, and the touches of bright red.