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Thomas Eakins letters, 1866-1934

Contents and Arrangement

Due to the small size of this collection, items are categorized into one series consisting of five folders. Items are arranged chronologically.

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Series 1: Thomas Eakins Letters, 1866-1934
(Box 1; 5 folders)

Letters to his family include letters to his mother, father, future brother-in-law William ("Bill") Crowell, youngest sister Caroline ("Caddy"), and numerous letters to his younger sister Frances ("Fanny") Eakins Crowell. In the letters Eakins discusses his life in Paris, European political events such as the attempt to assassinate Emperor Alexander of Russia and rioting in Paris, working in Jean-Léon Gérôme's studio, and his opinions on Gérôme's artwork, including in a letter a sketch of the painting
Dante
(April 1, 1869). He also discusses Frederick DeBourg Richards and Thomas Couture, as well as his friendship with artist William ("Bill") Sartain who was also living in Paris at the time, and Fanny's friendship with Emily Sartain, also an artist. Also found is a photographic copy of a November 8, 1866 illustrated letter to his mother. Most of the letters are fragments with pages missing, and almost all include transcripts.
Miscellaneous letters include photographic copies of a fragment of an illustrated letter from artist Charles Lewis Fussell to Eakins, three letters from Eakins to former student John Laurie Wallace, and one letter, dated 1934, to Mr. Wallace from Susan Eakins, all transcribed. Also found are photocopies of three letters from Eakins to William ("Bill") Hallowell, a friend and portrait subject.
DescriptionContainer
Letters to Family, 1866-1867
1 (pam)
1
Letters to Family, 1868
1 (pam)
2
Letters to Family, 1869
1 (pam)
3
Letters to Family, circa 1866-1869
1 (pam)
4
Letters, Miscellaneous, 1866-1934
1 (pam)
5

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