10.4 th…Post…ThumbPrint
Posted on: November 6th, 2011 by dan 85 Comments

What you see here is a photo of a partial finger print that was made in the fresh paint  of my painting, The Last Supper.   It was made on the left outside edge and is about 1/4″ by 3/4″ overall.   It was unintentionally made.





Photos  by: Dan Breslin  [#15]

I believe it was made by the artist Thomas Eakins as he observed his work.  I am attempting to match it to the thumb of the bronze arm ( 10.0th…Post…ThumbPrint )   that Eakins is believed  to have cast.

In doing so I have I have acquired the prints of the bronze arm from the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC.  They own the bronze arm.

I have picked one view to work on. (10.3th…Post…ThumbPrint ) I have made a transparency of this view and laminated it between two sheets of glass, 8.5″ by 11″.   I thought that I would be able to show it today but I have had a problem scanning the laminate. The thickness of the glass prohibit me from closing the top of the scanner.  I will remove it from the glass and retry.  When I succeed I will add it to this post .    I will alert readers through my Announcement  link .

My purpose of laminating the transparency was to be able to handle it without smudging.  I also had a transparency of the thumbprint that you see here.  I was attempting to on- lay the prints to see if they would match.  Although  I could never get them to align due to difference in sizes.   I just don’t have the proper equipment to make them the same size.

However, working in this area   is when I discovered I was wrong.  The thumb orientation was not pointed to 12:00 -6:00 but was pointed to 2:00.

I now have a digital camera/microscope which I will use to retake the thumb print on my picture.  It  should be a great deal better to work with.   I will remove the old and post the new.  It will be seamless.

My strategy is to use the Hirshhorn  print #13  and have a poster size copy made and laminated. I have been to Staples and learned that they can do the job that I require.  When I secure the poster I will rent some power point equipment and project my thumbprint onto the poster.  I should be able to make fine adjustments.  We will see what happens.  My fingers are crossed.


July 25, 2013   In photo #15 I have added an additional photo and placed it above   the original.  This photo is more intense and I have removed most of the static.  This  copy of the thumb is the one that I plan to overlay onto the thumb photo of the bronze arm   provided by the Hirshhorm Museum in Washington DC.

I am not sure of the size that depends on how large a thumb I can show in my posting.


Don’t go away we have an addendum (11.0th…Post…ThumbNail ) this should help solve another Eakins mystery….dan


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