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Jesse Godley
Motion Study - Jesse Godley, Running Jump to Left

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

Photograph taken in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

1885 (negative); printed later

Gelatin silver print

Image and sheet: 3 5/8 × 4 13/16 inches (9.2 × 12.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Bregler, 1977

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Eakins wrote that "to draw the human figure it is necessary to know as much as possible about it, about its structure and its movements, its bones and muscles, how they are made, and how they act." He sought to provide his students with the fullest understanding of anatomy, and experimented with different modes of capturing weight and movement. Jesse Godley, a student and anatomy demonstrator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, collaborated with Eakins, modeling and even photographing some of his motion studies. Just a few years later, however, Godley would side against his trusted teacher in the scandal that led to Eakins's ouster from the Academy.