Metropolitan Museum of Art 5th Avenue at 82nd Street New York New York 10028 Accession Number: 34.92
"American Light: The Luminist Movement, 1850-1875," Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1980.
Czestochowski, Joseph S., "The American landscape tradition: a study and gallery of paintings," New York: E.P. Dutton, 1982, fig. 124.
Johns, Elizabeth, "Thomas Eakins: the Heroism of Modern Life," Princeton, New Jersey, 1983.
Spassky, Natalie, "American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volume II: A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1816 and 1845," New York, NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985, pg. 588.
Antiques (Aug. 1996): pg. 169.
"Survey of American Paintings," Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Institute, Department of Fine Arts, 1940, no. 182.
View looking up the Schuylkill River with Eakins's boyhood friend Max Schmitt (1843-1900) seated in a shell, oars resting lightly on the water, as he looks back over his shoulder. His shell is inscribed with the name Josie, after his sister. Nearby, another figure in a shell rows toward him, and this figure represents Eakins himself, as his boat is inscribed with his name and the date. Farther up river, there are other figures on the water, and beyond there is the Gerard Avenue Bridge, the Connecting Railroad Bridge, and a steamboat far in the distance. The painting most likely commemorates Schmitt's victory in a single scull competition on Oct. 5, 1870.
Portrait male--Waist length
Recreation--Sport & Play--Rowing
Architecture--Bridge--Gerard Avenue Bridge
Architecture--Bridge--Connecting Railroad Bridge
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums