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George W. Holmes

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

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


Albumen silver print

Image and sheet: 4 9/16 × 3 3/8 inches (11.6 × 8.5 cm) Mount: 7 x 5 9/16 inches (17.8 x 14.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Theodore T. Newbold in honor of Seymour Adelman, 1985

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In the 1850s, George W. Holmes, a landscape painter, gave Eakins his first informal guidance in freehand drawing outside the pragmatic instruction the student had received at Zane Street Grammar School and Central High School. Their close friendship lasted through the 1880s, when Eakins made this photograph of the now-blind artist.