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Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916. Cast by Roman Bronze Works, Corona, New York, 1899 - 1977.

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

1882-1883 (cast 1886)

Sand-cast bronze

18 1/4 x 14 11/16 x 2 11/16 inches (46.4 x 37.3 x 6.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 218, American Art, second floor (Provident National Bank Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Gift of Charlene Sussel in memory of her husband, Eugene Sussel, 1992

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In 1882, Eakins was asked to create two decorative panels for a fireplace mantle in the home of Philadelphia businessman James P. Scott. Eakins based Spinning and Knitting on two earlier watercolors, Homespun and Seventy Years Ago, and in 1883 sent the plaster models to Scott, intending to have the works ultimately carved in stone. However, disputes over cost eventually led Scott to decline the panels. Eakins had the works cast in bronze in 1886.

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