Happy birthday to Philadelphia native Thomas Eakins, born on this date in 1844.
After studying in Paris, the artist returned to his hometown to become the most celebrated painter of Philadelphia’s landscape and culture. While painting and prizefighting might seem miles apart, Eakins was an avid boxing fan, and the city’s premier fighting venue, the Philadelphia Arena, was located just across the street from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, just as “Rocky” now stands outside the Museum. A meticulous craftsman, Eakins reportedly had models pose for every single figure in this complex interior scene.
“Between Rounds,” 1898–99, by Thomas Eakins