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The letters of Thomas Eakins measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1866 to 1934. They primarily document the period between 1866 and 1869 that he spent studying art in Paris, as well as his career as a portrait artist.
Thomas Eakins letters, 1866-1934. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not digitized requires an appointment.
Location of Originals:
Correspondence with J. Laurie Wallace: Originals in the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Neb.
Letters to William R. Hallowell: Originals returned to the lender, Irving Levitt, Detroit, Mich.
Photographic copies of 1866 letter from Fussell and letter to mother: Location of originals unknown.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) was a painter and art instructor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Original letters were donated 1972 by Dr. Caroline Crowell, daughter of Fanny Eakins Crowell and neice of Thomas Eakins, via Prof. Marian Davis of the University of Texas. Copies were donated 1962-1963 by Irving Levitt, the Joslyn Art Museum, and Lawrence Fleischman.
The letters of Thomas Eakins were digitized in 2006 by the Archives of American Art. The letters have been scanned in their entirety, and total 143 images.
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