Thomas Eakins / The Champion Single Sculls (Max Schmitt in a Single Scull) / 1871Thomas Eakins
The Champion Single Sculls (Max Schmitt in a Single Scull)

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Creator Name: Eakins, Thomas
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1844-1916
Creator Name-CRT: Thomas Eakins
Title: The Champion Single Sculls (Max Schmitt in a Single Scull)
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Creation Start Date: 1871
Creation End Date: 1871
Creation Date: 1871
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 32 1/4 x 46 1/4 in. (81.9 x 117.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 34.92
Credit Line: Purchase, The Alfred N. Punnett Endowment Fund and George D. Pratt Gift, 1934

Shortly after his return from studies in Europe in July 1870, Eakins began to paint rowing pictures. This work is among the most celebrated of those painted between 1870 and 1874. It depicts Eakins's boyhood friend Max Schmitt (1843-1900), a champion oarsman, in a shell on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Eakins depicted himself in the distant boat, rowing away from Schmitt. The bridges behind the rowers can be identified as the Girard Avenue Bridge and the Connecting Railroad Bridge, respectively. It is believed that this work commemorates Max Schmitt's victory in a single-scull competition on October 5, 1870. A number of drawings for various parts of this composition exist.

AMICA ID: MMA_.34.92
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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