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Creator Name: Eakins, Thomas
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1844-1916
Creator Name-CRT: Thomas Eakins
Title: The Thinker: Portrait of Louis N. Kenton
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1900
Creation Date: 1900
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 82 x 42 in. (208.3 x 106.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 17.172
Credit Line: John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1917
Louis N. Kenton (1865-1947) was Eakins's brother-in-law, having married Elizabeth Macdowell (1858-1953), sister of Eakins's wife Susan, in 1889. Elizabeth studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, exhibited professionally, and traveled widely. Her marriage to Kenton was stormy and apparently brief, and very little is known of it, or of Kenton. The title associated with this portrait, 'The Thinker,' was at one time based upon an inscription on the reverse that apparently was placed there by Susan Eakins. Beginning in 1900, the portrait was widely exhibited and much admired. An oil study for the portrait is in the Farnsworth Library and Art Museum in Rockland, Maine.
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.172
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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