Eakins in Paris
The C. Richard Hilker Lecture
Marc A. Simpson
Thu, November 29th, 2012 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out



Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) is often cited as one of nineteenth-century America’s most accomplished artists, with virtually his entire output centered on the personalities and institutions of Philadelphia. This talk will consider Thomas Eakins’s student years in Paris, along with the homage he paid to his French experiences both in later genre pictures and by sending works there for criticism, exhibition and sale. It will close by examining the late portrait Clara, which in 1931 the Philadelphia Museum of Art gave to the Louvre.

This is a special program presented free of charge by the Sansom Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports numerous causes. Since 2001, the Foundation has held a series of scholarly lectures to celebrate and commemorate the leadership of the late C. Richard Hilker, its past President. Tickets must be reserved in advance.


Marc A. Simpson, the Associate Director of the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, has organized exhibitions and published on late-nineteenth-century American art, most recently contributing essays to catalogs accompanying Henry Ossawa Tanner (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) and Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine (Portland Museum of Art).


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


This program is FREE, but tickets must be reserved in advance by calling call the New-York Historical Society’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Advance tickets may also be reserved on site at the New-York Historical Society admissions desk. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.

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