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Photograph of Fairman Rogers Page from Fairman Rogers, A Manual of Coaching Portrait, May Morning in the Park, by Thomas Eakins
FAIRMAN ROGERS
MUYBRIDGE'S INSPIRATION
May Morning in the Park, which Eakins painted in 1879, is a portrait of Fairman Rogers who was a well known engineer, he was a member of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. His father was a successful industrialist in Philadelphia. Fairman Rogers was a very wealthy man. He was the chairman of the committee of Instruction at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was in essence Thomas Eakins' boss. The two men were close friends and both were fascinated by photography and in the 1870s. Rogers had been an amateur photographer for many years and was a founding member of the Philadelphia Photographic Society. ELIZABETH MILROY, Ph.D.
Art Historian, Wesleyan University
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