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The Cover
September 14, 2005

Sailboats Racing on the Delaware

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(10):1182. doi:10.1001/jama.294.10.1182

A brilliant sun, a stiffening breeze, a scud of clouds, a chop of water, a triangulation of sails, a ballast of sailors: the perfect day for a race on the Delaware River. A perfect day for the Philadelphia-born, Paris-trained American realist painter Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) as well. Indeed, Lloyd Goodrich, Eakins’ principal biographer, calls Sailboats Racing on the Delaware (cover) one of Eakins’ “happiest” pictures, a fact worthy of mention given Eakins’ established reputation of moroseness, withdrawal, and unconventional behavior. As new biographical information is released, the reputation grows. But on a certain day in Philadelphia in 1874, the sun was shining for Thomas Eakins.

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