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Property of a Lady



Property of a Lady


1851 - 1938


signed Susan M. Eakins (lower right)

oil on canvas

24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)

The work is wax lined and tacked to modern stretchers. There is surface cracking throughout the work though the surface does appear to be stable. Under UV light there appear to be some small spots and pindots of inpaint throughout including a horizontal line of inpaint in the upper center flower. Although some additional pigments do fluoresce under UV light, they do appear to be the artist's original.

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The artist

Mr. and Mrs. Robert James, Kenneth City, Florida (bequest from above)

Richard York Gallery, New York

Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1991

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Susan Macdowell Eakins 1851-1938, May-June 1973, p. 52, no. 41

According to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts' exhibition catalogue from 1973, the present work is the only surviving flower still life by the artist. The painting was mistakenly exhibited under her sister's name in the Art Club Gallery exhibition in Philadelphia in 1936.