From the Archive: Walt Whitman at The Hyde Collection

Thomas Eakins, American (1844-1916), Walt Whitman (1819-1892), 1887-88, oil on canvas, 30 1/8 x 24 1/4 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. General Fund, 1917.1

The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls is offering visitors an unprecedented opportunity to see Portrait of Walt Whitman (1887-1888) by Thomas Eakins (1844-1914).

The Whitman portrait is considered one of Eakins’s finest paintings, and only rarely leaves Philadelphia, where it is a featured work in the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). This image of one of America’s most influential poets, by one of the nation’s greatest artists, will be in Glens Falls for six months, as a second exchange for the year-long loan of The Hyde Collection’s Portrait of Henry Ossawa Tanner (ca. 1897) by Eakins.

Admission is $8 per person and is free for Hyde members and children under fourteen years of age and includes access to most exhibitions and events. Every Wednesday is free. A fee may be charged for special exhibitions and events. The Hyde Collection is a non-profit institution located at 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, New York. From January – May 31:  open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 12noon – 5 pm; closed Monday, Tuesday and national holidays. From June 1–December 31: open Tuesday–Saturday from 10am – 5pm; Sunday from 12noon -5pm; closed Monday and national holidays.  For information, visit or call 518-792-1761.


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