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DR. SAMUEL GROSS
CRITICAL REACTION
Dr. Samuel Gross
WORLD EVENTS
In responding to a call for entries for paintings to be exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia, Eakins plans a portrait of America's foremost surgeon, Dr. Samuel D. Gross.

Eakins turns a canvas of rowing studies upside down and covers it with a compositional sketch for a portrait of the famous Philadelphia surgeon.

"I have just got a new picture blocked in and it is far better than anything I have ever done," Eakins writes a friend. "As I spoil things less and less in finishing I have the greatest hopes for this one."
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