Exhibition: May 1, 2021 through June 27, 2021

The John F. Studio Museum is pleased to present, “Thomas Eakins in New Jersey.” While mostly known as a Philadelphia painter, Thomas Eakins spent important time in New Jersey using his brush and camera to present activities he enjoyed in the marshlands, as well as the work of the shad fishermen in Gloucester County in southern New Jersey.

This exhibition for the first time presents the New Jersey aspect of Eakins’ work.  Eakins involved a small group of students known as “the Boys.” These young men became collaborators and comrades with Eakins, engaged in the pursuit of art.  Edward Boulton of Point Pleasant was one of these “boys.” He was given a large collection of photographic prints and oil studies by Eakins and his wife Susan. These materials and the generous access given to them by Boulton’s descendants are the genesis of this exhibition.


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The John F. Peto Studio Museum received funding this year from a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Additional funding was received from the Pheasant Hill Foundation. This exhibit was co-curated by Harry Bower, Curator of the John F. Peto Studio Museum, and Roy Pedersen of Pedersen Galleries, Lambertville, NJ, who provided the research materials and access to the artists’ work.

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