365 Days of Art: December 21 – Donors Raise $68M to Keep Painting in Philly

The Gross Clinic painting depicts a professor lecturing before a 19th century class of students.
The Gross Clinic, by Thomas Eakins, 1875

December 21, 2006

A group of Philadelphia donors raises $68,000,000 to keep the painting The Gross Clinic by favorite son Thomas Eakins in Philadelphia.

A month earlier, the painting breaks auction records (highest price for an Eakins painting, and highest price for an American portrait) when it sells jointly to the National Gallery of Art and the Crystal Bridges Museum. The deal to keep it in Philly matches that price, and will display it alternately at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where Eakins once taught (and was fired).

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