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Thomas Eakins

Portrait of Dr. Joseph Leidy, II

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 USD

Property of The Newark Museum of Art, Sold to Support Museum Collections

Thomas Eakins

Thomas Eakins

Portrait of Dr. Joseph Leidy, II

Portrait of Dr. Joseph Leidy, II

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 USD

Lot sold:

352,800

USD

Property of The Newark Museum of Art, Sold to Support Museum Collections

Thomas Eakins

1844 - 1916

Portrait of Dr. Joseph Leidy, II


signed Eakins (lower right); also initialed T.E. (on the reverse prior to lining)

oil on canvas

50 by 36 inches

(127 by 91.4 cm)

Painted in 1890.

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc., New York, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's:


This three-quarter length portrait has been lined with wax as an adhesive. The reason for the lining is unclear. There are no restorations visible under ultraviolet light or to the naked eye, except for small dots in the upper left and upper right. The work could be hung in its current state, or the lining could be reversed and the canvas re-lined. The wax lining is acidic and damaging to the original canvas, but the work is otherwise in beautiful condition.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

The artist
Mrs. Thomas Eakins (his wife)
Newman Galleries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wallace M. Scudder, 1935 (acquired from the above)
Gift to the present owner from the above, 1935
Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Catalogue of Paintings of Thomas Eakins," The Pennsylvania Museum Bulletin, March 1930, v. 25, p. 25, no. 133
American Art in the Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey, 1981, p. 120, illustrated (as Man in the Red Necktie)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Portraits of Prominent Philadelphians by Distinguished Artists, January 1929, no. 45
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Museum of Art, A Collection of Paintings by Thomas Eakins given to the Museum by his wife Susan Macdowell Eakins and their friend Miss Mary A. Williams, March-April 1930 
Newark, New Jersey, Newark Museum, American Paintings, and Sculpture: Catalogue of an Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture from the Museum's Collections, 1944, no. 35, p. 76, illustrated
Madison, New Jersey, Drew University, February-March 1961