DAC Collection Object Information
“The Agnew Clinic” by Thomas Eakins,
Albumen print or possibly a toned gelatin silver print after an albumen print
Dimensions (Image): 225 x 304 mm (8.9 x 12 in.)
Inscribed in pencil on verso: “Eakins,” possibly in hand of Susan Macdowell Eakins
Accession number: 1995.27.1
Gift of Elizabeth Milroy (Professor of Art), 1995
Provenance / Collectors' marks: Thomas Eakins; his widow Susan Eakins; acquired by Charles Bregler, Philadelphia. Charles Bregler acquired from the widow by gift, and confiscation after her death; Mary Bregler (widow of Charles); gift to donor. See Kathleen Foster and Cheryl Leibold, Writing on Eakins (Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy, 1990) on Charles Bregler’s Thomas Eakins Collection.
The image depicts D. Hayes Agnew, Chief of Surgery, performing a mastectomy operation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (where the painting is owned). Eakins exhibited copy photographs, known as “autotypes,” after his paintings.
Bibliography: See donor file.
Work Type: photograph
Related Works: From a photograph of the painting by Eakins
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