Eakins Oval

Take a loop around the top of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC


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Seated on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, directly in front of the majestic main building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eakins Oval is named for famed Philadelphia painter Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). Perhaps best known for his masterpiece, The Gross Clinic, Eakins' namesake plaza features three fountains, the centerpiece being a sculpture dedicated to George Washington. The four figures and the animals overlooking the pools at the base represent four great waterways of America — the Mississippi, the Potomac, the Delaware and the Hudson.

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