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Phrase[edit]

This phrase:
The Gross Clinic is impressive for its ambition as well as its subject, that of a renowned Philadelphia surgeon, Dr. Samuel Gross, presiding over an operation to remove part of a diseased bone from a patient's thigh.
conflicts somewhat with the The Gross Clinic page, which states a tumour is being removed. Whichever it is (I dunno and don't care, so I leave it up to the Art History Majors here at Wikipedia), they should match for continuity's sake. 82.93.133.130 22:53, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

  • The website for Jefferson Medical College, long-time owner of the painting, refers to the removal of diseased bone as the subject of the operation portrayed. JNW 04:42, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
Recent news of the painting's sale on November 11, 2006 added. Plus, and I hope it isn't a problem, the end result was his artwork, not photographs, so I replaced the photo study of the jumper in motion (a few photographers did such studies back then) with a very beautiful portrait of Maud Cook he did in 1895. All in all, Eakins was simply an outstanding artist.Carajou 03:42, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

first heading on article[edit]

It looks like someone has deliberately step into this article and the first heading that is shown is "He was gay!" with a perhaps irrelevant sentence; i reverted some changes for this reason; it is just not in a formal tone; such titles or the description of his works are absolutely indecent, especially if this is to be found in an encyclopedia or just not expressed in the right manner.

150.176.93.182 01:53, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

Philly Wikiproject rating[edit]

The article has a good overview of Eakins life, but lacks references, which is particularily problematic when discussing his work. Medvedenko 00:26, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

Expansion[edit]

I am expanding this article--so far have added to youth, early career, and teaching, and will continue with photography, portraits, legacy, and, in time, am planning to add a heading for figure work (boxers, wrestlers, swimmers, female nudes). JNW 17:32, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

  • Enough for now. JNW 02:36, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Still needs a passage on sculpture. JNW 13:30, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
The article has improved greatly, good work. It's great to see. I think to be considered A-Class the introduction needs to be expanded according to Wikipedia:Lead section. When you have the time, can you include your book sources' ISBN and cite websites in a proffesional format. (as seen at Wikipedia:Citation templates). Medvedenko 19:36, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

It's great that you added so much JNW, but this expansion relies almost entirely on the work of Lloyd Goodrich's very outdated biography - much work has been done since then - three or four biographies, two published very recently, including one which demonstrated that Goodrich repressed a lot of information. I thought I'd put the newer biogrpahies (by Adams & Kirkpatrick) on the further reading section last fall? And references to scholarship on sexuality too? Weren't they also there at some point? The text about those conversations is still in the main body (which is great). We need contributions from others, to even out the tone and blend of sources, no? Judyholliday 18:52, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

Indeed, your contributions to 'further reading' last year were deleted by a vandal. I see now that I reverted their vulgarisms, and did not notice the further damage that had been done. Thanks for restoring the references. Granted, I relied heavily on Goodrich's biography. His access to Eakins' widow and friends, and his general perceptiveness of Eakins' qualities, make his scholarship, if flawed, the touchstone for subsequent studies. When expanding the article I did want to take care not to delete the material on his personal life, and sought to add to it by giving some account of sexual scandal and inappropriate behavior, without having it take over the article. JNW 21:54, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

It is an incredible entry - still marred by bits of wild overstatement - "most neglected artist" of the period? I think the women and african american and native artists who don't even have entries here would disagree. he was head of instruction at the PAFA, and controversial - but it isn't like he was anonymous or unknown! and, i notice my own scholarship - regularly suppressed by conservative publications - has still not been restored in further reading. i am proud of my work on the artist, and dismayed to see my scholarship as well as my early work on this entry disregarded! I'm the author of "Sex, Scandal, and Thomas Eakins's The Gross Clinic", an article from Representations (1999). We used to have articles in this entry - an important resource for students who want to know more!Judyholliday (talk) 22:40, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Eakin's dismissal from the Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Art[edit]

A recent biography of Eakins by William S. McFeely, the Pulitzer Prize winning biographer, documents and presents convincing evidence that is was NOT the "loincloth incident" that caused Eakins to be pressured into resigning his post as professor at the Academy. See chapter 13 of McFeely's book "Portrait: The life of Thomas Eakins" although I concede the stripping off of a male model's loincloth was a convenient excuse ... to obscure a more scandalous reason Eakins was booted out. The real scandal? Eakins was in the habit of going on outings with some of his adoring male students skinny dipping, wrestling in the nude, and what we called "messing around" when I was a teenager. That Eakins was gay is no longer controversial or disputed as is in the case of his dear friend poet Walt Whitman. Five male students went directly to the board of directors of the Academy and presented evidence of Prof. Eakin's "unmanly" behaviour. Interestingly the whole city of Philadelphia was fascinated with the controversy and most Academy students sided with Eakins: demanding his re-appointment, holding rallies in his support, even founding the Art Student's League as a rebuke to the Academy. Many years later the elderly Eakins was offered his job back, but he politely and proudly refused. 76.124.111.230 (talk) 22:27, 21 October 2008 (UTC)buddmar

Imagemap of Eakins[edit]

The imagemap below shows Eakins (you can find him with a cursor). He was paited by his wife. Does someone want to include this picture too and get it to FA Victuallers (talk) 11:55, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

Professor D. Hayes Agnew Dr. J. William White Dr. Joseph Leidy - taking pulse Dr. Ellwood R. Kirby Dr. Frederick H. Milliken Thomas Eakins - the artist Mary U. Clymer - nurse J. Allison Scott, M.D Charles N. Davis, M.D John T. Carpenter, Jr., M.D John Bacon, M.D Benjamin Brooke, M.D. J. Howe Adams, M.D William C. Posey, M.D Henry Toulmin, M.D Charles C. Fowler, M.D. John S. Kulp, M.D Alfred Stengel, M.D Clarence A. Butler, M.D. Joseph P. Tunis M.D. Frank R. Keefer, M.D Nathan M. Baker, M.D George S. Woodward M.D. John W. Thomas, M.D Arthur Cleveland, M.D Herbert B. Carpenter, M.D George D.Cross, M.D. William Furness, 3rd, M.D Walter R. Lincoln, M.D Howard S. Anders, M.D Oscar M. Richards Minford Levis Click to enlarge or move cursor over image to investigate.
Find Eakins on the right



New image[edit]

The oboe player.


Here there is an image that you may be interested in. Cheers OboeCrack (talk) 18:33, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Article rating[edit]

No GA class review, no A class review. Article rating previously was inconsistent with Bs & an A rating. Article needs serious work on wikiformats on references and alt text on all images for a GA/A/FA rating. This article does seem to meet B-class, but needs work as mentioned. I have asked for a peer review. Jrcrin001 (talk) 17:01, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

Kathrin[edit]

The link goes to disambiguation, and no mention of Kathrin Cromwell or the painting is found. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wezelboy (talkcontribs) 06:29, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

Great article and great painter[edit]

One of his paintings is up for Featured Picture.TCO (Reviews needed) 19:40, 6 January 2012 (UTC)