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Perspective Drawing for "The Pair-Oared Shell"

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

Made in United States, North and Central America


Graphite, ink, and wash on wove paper lined with Japanese tissue

Sheet: 31 1/16 x 47 1/8 inches (78.9 x 119.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the Thomas Skelton Harrison Fund, 1944

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This drawing is one of two surviving preparatory drawings for the painting The Pair-Oared Shell, in which Eakins's methodical, analytical approach to his work can be seen. In this one, Eakins calculated the relative sizes and positions of the shell, the oars, and the bridge pier.