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Miss Amelia Van Buren

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Description: Experience
Not long ago, while looking at Miss Amelia Van Buren (ca. 1891) by Thomas Eakins (1844–1916) at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC (fig. 1), I had a remarkable experience. I had grown accustomed to seeing the painting in terms of meanings and...
PublisherTerra Foundation for American Art
Related print edition pages: pp.10-23
Description: Thomas Eakins: Art, Medicine, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia
In 1893, Dr. William Williams Keen found himself in a distinguished, though presumably nerve-wracking, position. Floating on a private yacht in Long Island Sound, Keen assisted in the removal of a cancerous tumor from the mouth of Grover Cleveland. Because Cleveland was president at the time, and undoubtedly considered his condition nobody’s business but his own, Keen waited until 1917 to discuss the secret operation. In that year, he proudly wrote about the procedure in the Saturday Evening Post
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.53-85

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