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Portrait of Leslie W. Miller

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

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


Oil on canvas

7 feet 4 inches × 44 inches (223.5 × 111.8 cm) Frame: 8 feet 4 1/4 inches × 56 3/4 inches (254.6 × 144.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 211, American Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of Martha Page Laughlin Seeler in memory of Edgar Viguers Seeler, 1932

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This portrait of teacher and critic Leslie W. Miller (1848–1931), principal of the School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia (now The University of the Arts), was extremely well received and exhibited frequently after its completion. Miller felt honored by the painting—Eakins gave it to him—but he did object to the ordinariness of his clothing, which he said Eakins required him to wear. Of such informality, he wrote: "But all that is part of the Eakins hallmark and of course it cannot be spared. He was one of the great ones and I value the picture highly."

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