The portrait of Elizabeth at the Piano (1875) by the American realist Thomas Eakins will be the centerpiece of this exhibition. The work is on loan from the Addison Gallery of American Art in exchange for the Hyde’s loan of Portrait of Henry O. Tanner (1897) by Eakins to the exhibition Portraits of a People: Picturing African Americans in the Nineteenth Century.
The display of this sensitive early portrait of Eakins’ sister–in-law Elizabeth Crowell will be augmented by a selection of American portraits from the Hyde’s permanent collection and works on loan. The exhibition will also include two remarkable Hyde family portraits, one of Mary Van Ness Hyde (1909) by Edmund Charles Tarbell and, the other, a portrait of Samuel and Polly Hoopes (c.1910) by Alice Ruggles that was recently acquired by the Museum. Other portraits from the collection by George Bellows, Frank Duveneck, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi will round out the presentation.