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Elizabeth Crowell with a Dog

Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins, American, (July 25, 1844–June 25, 1916)

Creation date: ca. 1871
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Museum purchase and a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. Larsen
Accession Number: 1969.76
State/Province: Pennsylvania
Dimensions: 13 3/4 in. x 17 in. (34.93 cm x 43.18 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Ruth Sharpless Vorce Minnick, Alpine, California ( - December 31, 1969)

Mrs. Townsend Crowell Harvey Sharpless, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (ca. 1871 - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 31, 1969 - )

Label Copy

The Crowell and Eakins families were intertwined. Eakins’s sister, Frances, married William J. Crowell, the brother of Elizabeth Crowell, who is depicted in this portrait. Eakins was engaged to another sister, Kathrin, whom he also portrayed, but she died before they could be married. In Elizabeth with a Dog, the subject teaches a dog how to balance a cookie on its nose. She wears a white fur hat and her red blouse is accentuated by bands of black velvet. The setting for the painting is the Eakins family home at 1729 Mount Vernon Street. Many of the artist’s genre paintings from the early 1870s feature the same carpet, piano, chair, and neutral walls. The painting remained in Elizabeth Crowell’s possession. She brought it with her to California in 1893, and The San Diego Museum of Art acquired it in 1969 from her daughter.

October 18, 2914
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director of Collections and Exhibitons
Thomas Eakins
American • 1844–1916
Elizabeth with a Dog
Oil on canvas • ca. 1871
Thomas Eakins returned permanently to Philadelphia in 1870 after four years of studying art in Paris. Eakins often asked his family members and friends to serve as models. Elizabeth Crowell lived next door to Eakins and posed for him twice during the 1870s. The first sitting resulted in this painting, which shows Elizabeth as a teenager playing with a small black dog in the intimate Victorian setting of Eakins’s living room. The other, Elizabeth at the Piano, is in the collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts.
Museum purchase and a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Edwin S. Larsen 1969.76
Last Updated: 7/24/2017

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Permanent Collections exhibit , 00/00/00 - 4/28/1982

200 Years of American Painting Fresno Art Center , 11/20/1977 - 12/30/1977

Thomas Eakins: Artist of Philadelphia Philadelphia Museum of Art , 5/29/1982 - 11/28/1982

Thomas Eakins: A Retrospective , 1/1/1999 - 6/1/1999

Thomas Eakins: American Realist Philadelphia Museum of Art , 10/4/2001 - 9/15/2002

American ABC , 2/1/2005 - 5/1/2005

American ABC Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University , 2/1/2006 - 1/8/2007

Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in Ninteenth-Century American Art , 2/1/2012 - 5/1/2012

Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/10/2012 - 2/10/2013

Art of the United States The San Diego Museum of Art , 3/24/2013 - 10/22/2013

Modern and Contemporary , 12/21/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of the Americas San Diego Museum of Art , 12/23/2013 - 00/00/00

American Visions: Place and Identity The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/18/2014 - 3/17/2015

American Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/26/2016 - 8/15/2021

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 148, 160, 161, Figure Number: 161

Lloyd Goodrich. Thomas Eakins Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1982
Page Number: 67, 70, 71, Figure Number: 18

Darrell Sewell. Thomas Eakins: Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1982
Page Number: 8, 10, Figure Number: 6

Gordon Hendricks. The Life and Work of Thomas Eakins Grossman Publishers. New York, New York, 1974
Page Number: 67, 68, Figure Number: 52

Gordon Hendricks. The Life and Work of Thomas Eakins Grossman Publishers. New York, New York, 1974
Page Number: 315, no. 2

Jean Adhémar, ed. Gazette des Beaux-Arts Gazette des Beaux-Arts. Paris, France, February 1974
Page Number: 138, Figure Number: 448

Ellwood C. Parry, III. Art News Art News. New York, New York, October, 1982
Page Number: 80, 82, Figure Number: 80

Ellwood C. Parry, III. The American Art Journal Kennedy Galleries, Inc.. New York, New York, 1986
Page Number: 36, 39, Figure Number: 19

Michael Fried. Realism, Writing, Disfiguration: The University of Chicago Press. Chicago, Illinois, 1987 (and 1989)
Page Number: 42, 43, Figure Number: 32

Canines & Felines: Heritage Plantation of Sandwich. Sandwich, Massachusetts, 1988
Page Number: 11, Figure Number: 14

R. Andrew Maass. 200 Years of American Painting Fresno Art Center. Fresno, California, 1977
Page Number: 21, 22, 42, Figure Number: 8

Ellwood C. Parry, III. Arts Magazine The Art Digest Co.. New York, New York, May 1979
Page Number: 147, Figure Number: 3

William Inness Homer. Thomas Eakins: Abbeville Press Publishers. New York, New York, 1992
Page Number: 55-56, Figure Number: 46

Robert L. McGrath. Canines & Felines: Heritage Plantation of Sandwich. Sandwich, Massachusetts, 1986
Page Number: 11, 14 note 18, Figure Number: 14

Marc Simpson. Thomas Eakins Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001
Page Number: 31, 48, Figure Number: 9

Kathleen Brown. Thomas Eakins Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001
Page Number: xxvii, July 4, 1870

William R. Wilson. The Los Angeles Times Book of California Museums Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated. New York, New York, 1986
Page Number: 266, 267, 269, Figure Number: 219

William Inness Homer. Thomas Eakins: Abbeville Press Publishers. New York, New York, 2002
Page Number: 56-57, Figure Number: 46

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 168, Figure Number: 168

Lloyd Goodrich. Portfolio Portfolio Associates. New York, New York, September 1982-October 1982
Page Number: 62, Figure Number: 62

Dr. Claire Perry. Young America: Cantor Arts Center. Palo Alto, California, 2006
Page Number: 67, 69, 70, Figure Number: 59

Dr. Claire Perry. Young America: Cantor Arts Center. Palo Alto, California, 2006
Page Number: 228

Mr. Sidney D. Kirkpatrick. The Revenge of Thomas Eakins Yale University Press. New Haven, Connecticut, 2006
Page Number: 135-136, 137, 507, Figure Number: plate 3

Mr. Sidney D. Kirkpatrick. The Revenge of Thomas Eakins Yale University Press. New Haven, Connecticut, 2006
Page Number: 140

Mr. Sidney D. Kirkpatrick. The Revenge of Thomas Eakins Yale University Press. New Haven, Connecticut, 2006
Page Number: 161

Mr. Sidney D. Kirkpatrick. The Revenge of Thomas Eakins Yale University Press. New Haven, Connecticut, 2006
Page Number: 261

Michael Clapper. American Art: Smithsonian American Art Museum University of Chicago Press. Chicago, 2010
Page Number: cover, 85, Figure Number: 5

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