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The Artist's Wife and His Setter Dog  1889

by Thomas Eakins

Eakins began this portrait shortly after his marriage in January 1884 to his former student, Susan Hannah Macdowell (1851–1938), a talented painter and photographer. The setting is his studio at 1330 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, where the couple—and their dog, Harry—lived from 1884 to 1886. A photogravure of the painting from 1886 reveals a more robust woman, suggestin...
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art