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1871, Thomas Eakins

Set on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it celebrates the victory of Eakins's friend Max Schmitt in the October 5, 1870, single sculls competition. The painting's composition echoes the event by reproducing the weather conditions/position of the sun at the date and time of Schmitt's triumph. Schmitt is depicted rowing upstream; his location is just south of the Columbia Railroad Bridge, the midpoint of the race. Eakins, who was also a keen rower, included himself as the sculler in the middle distance.

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