Two Pupils in Greek Dress

Artist: Thomas Eakins (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1844–1916 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Date: 1883

Medium: Platinum print

Dimensions: 36.8 x 26.7 cm. (14 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1943

Accession Number: 43.87.17


Thomas Eakins employed photography as a way to imbue his paintings with increased naturalism. He used his students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as models and began to compile a photographic catalogue that would aid his studies of the human form. This image is a study of pose and gesture in which the stance of the models consciously echoes that of the figures in Eakins' sculpted relief Arcadia (1883) seen resting on a worktable.