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Rental Agreement between Thomas Eakins and his Father Fourth-story Studio at 1729 Mt. Vernon Street Rental Agreement between Thomas Eakins and his Father
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ROWING ON THE RIVER
Eakins lived at home. When he came back from Paris, he didn't set himself up in a studio. He really moved into his house and had his studio there. In a sense like a young professional man who was living at home before he made enough money to set up an office. The thing is Eakins stayed. He didn't move away. Partly, I think, because his father was willing to support him.

Eakins decided to be middle class. To remain true to his background. In the late 19th century an American artist could be anything. And lots of artists made themselves stylish and exotic and furnished their studios with all sorts of souvenirs of European travel to really create a kind of atmosphere for themselves that served to sell their art in a sense. And Eakins just didn't do that.
DARREL SEWELL
Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art
In consideration of the sum of twenty dollars per month paid by Thomas Eakins to Benjamin Eakins, Thomas Eakins received his board, lodging and the exclusive use of the fourth story studio... Thomas Eakins will have the right to bring to his studio his models, his pupils, his sitters and whomsoever he will. Recognizing the necessity and usage in a figure painter of professional secresy [sic], it is understood that the coming of persons to the studio is not to be the subject of comment or question by the family. Eakins' Studio Agreement
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