Full Name: Thomas Eakins
Why Famous: Widely acknowledged to be one of the most important artists in American art history. He painted several hundred portraits, usually of friends, family members, or prominent people, many of which offer an overview of the intellectual life of Philadelphia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- 1884-01-19 Painter Thomas Eakins (39) weds painter and photographer Susan Macdowell (32) in a Quaker ceremony
- 1886-02-13 Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class