Enigmatic Eakins: A Cemetery Walking Tour

Thomas Eakins, Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic), 1875, Oil on canvas. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Thomas Eakins, Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic), 1875, Oil on canvas. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Spending your Saturday at Go West!? Take a break from shopping and join Beth and Lauren on an artistic adventure through The Woodlands to discover the famed artist Thomas Eakins and his many portrait subjects at their final resting place.

Buried at The Woodlands, Thomas Eakins (1844 – 1916) is regarded as America's greatest realist painter. A born and bred Philadelphian, Eakins was a man of talent who provoked controversy, most famously during his tenure at Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. Walk The Woodlands grounds with us as we tell the story of his life, interwoven with stories of his subjects, including Dr. Samuel Gross of The Gross Clinic and the sculptor William Rush. Enhance your understanding of Philadelphia's art culture and the ways that Eakins and that culture influenced and shaped each other.

Tours depart from The Woodlands information table at 12 noon and 2 pm. Free for members, $10 for non-members (cash, check, and major credit cards accepted). Tours last approximately 60 minutes.