Letitia Wilson Jordan
The subject here, Letitia Wilson Jordan, was the sister of Eakins’s friend and student David Wilson Jordan. Eakins had seen her at a party and was so taken with the young woman that he prevailed upon her to pose for him in the same outfit she had worn the evening he first saw her. The thoughtful, distanced expression on Jordan’s face evidences Eakins’s interest in conveying the emotional essence of his subjects. The careful modeling of the sitter’s body is characteristic of Eakins’s unflinching naturalism.
- Artist: Thomas Eakins, American, 1844-1916
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: United States
- Dates: 1888
- Dimensions: 59 15/16 x 40 3/16 in. (152.3 x 102 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Unsigned
- Inscriptions: Inscribed lower right: "TO MY FRIEND / D.W. JORDAN / EAKINS.88"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Making Art: Centennial Era, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 27.50
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Thomas Eakins (American, 1844-1916). Letitia Wilson Jordan, 1888. Oil on canvas, 59 15/16 x 40 3/16 in. (152.3 x 102 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 27.50
- Record Completeness: Best (89%)