Lot 193
Susan Macdowell Eakins (American, 1851-1938), Old Fashioned Dress
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on canvas laid on board, signed lower right, presented in a period gilt frame, retaining gallery and exhibition labels to verso.

Stretcher 16 x 12 in.; Frame dimensions 22 1/4 x 18 1/4 in.

By descent through the family of Susan Macdowell Eakins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Susan Macdowell Eakins, May 5 - June 10, 1973, No. 7
Roanoke, Virginia, North Cross School, Thomas Eakins, Susan Macdowell Eakins, Elizabeth Macdowl Kenton: An exhibition of painting, photographs and artifacts, September 18 - October 2, 1977

Susan Macdowell Eakins was born into an artistic and well-connected Philadelphia family. Her father, William H. Macdowell, was an engraver, photographer and skilled painter. Encouraged by her father, Susan and her sister Elizabeth were allowed to pursue their artistic talents.

Susan met her future husband, Thomas Eakins, at the Haseltine Gallery in 1876. She was greatly inspired by his controversial painting, The Gross Clinic, and decided to enroll at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She was a talented artist and won several prizes in the Academy’s annual exhibitions. In addition to her paintings, she was also an early advocate for photography and exhibited with the Philadelphia Photographic Salon.

After her marriage in 1884, Eakins devoted herself to furthering her husband’s artistic career and legacy. Although she maintained a separate studio in their home, her output was limited. It was not until her husband’s death in 1916 that she began painting regularly again.

Stable craquelure; minor scattered retouch visible under UV light.

$5,000 - 10,000