Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Alice Walton's Crystal Bridges Museum has bought one of the two additional Eakins paintings Thomas Jefferson University recently put up for sale. Carol Vogel has the story in The New York Times here. Sources tell her the price was "about $2o million." There was no matching period this time, though, according to the president of the university, local institutions were "aware that this painting was available." Vogel notes that this "is not the end to Thomas Jefferson University’s Eakins saga. It still owns an Eakins portrait of the anatomy professor William S. Forbes. 'We will entertain the possibility of selling this one too,' [university president Robert] Barchi said. 'But like the others, it is our hope to be able to keep it on public display.'"