The artist will add 3 inches (7.5 cm) of extra paint “bleed” to every 4 sides of the canvas. There will still be 1.5 inches (4 cm) of white canvas around all 4 sides of the canvas.
1st Art Gallery offers the option to receive your painting ready to hang or rolled in a tube.
Currently, the frames listed will be only ship up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached, the framing option is automatically disabled.
However, if you are interested in stretching or framing a painting larger than 24x36 inches (60x90 cm), please contact one of our customer success associates or let us know in your order notes. We will send you a catalog of our large framing styles and pricing options.
Unframed rolled canvas orders will arrive rolled inside a protective tube with an extra 1.5" white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it locally.
The Chess Players is an outstanding 29.8 cm × 42.6 cm (11 in × 16 in) oil on wood by the American painter Thomas Eakins. The original artwork was finished in 1876 and now belongs to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The work was painted in small dimensions and is considered Eakins’s first masterpiece, already full of details and the technical mastery that characterized Eakins’ incredible work. The interiors that the figures are a lusciously decorated interior with Classical furniture and distinctive 19th-century cultural symbols, such as a World Globe and a landscape painting on the central wall. The Chess Players was the first work that the Metropolitan accepted as a donation from an active artist.
At the composition’s center is Benjamin Eakins, the painter’s father. Benjamin Eakins was a fundamental figure in his son’s career, constantly supporting him financially during occasional struggles. In addition, Benjamin was a writing master, which means that he worked on producing documents such as birth certificates, wedding arrangements, and other bureaucratic papers of his time. To Benjamin Eakins’ left side is Bertrand Gardel, one of his friends and a French teacher. On the other side is George Holmes, another 19th-century painter.
The setting that the players are in is akin to Victorian decorated homes. All the three men are wearing black garments. All of the pieces at the table are painted with impressive attention to detail. From what can be inferred from the board is that Holmes, the younger man, is winning. There is a small table on the left side with glass objects with liquids inside, which is also painted with a striking similarity to the effects of real glass reflection. The placement of such objects and other reflecting surfaces such as metal was a common practice for Realistic painters to show their skills.
The Chess Players was commissioned by Benjamin Eakins. The painting is often interpreted as a homage of Eakins to his mentor figures: his own father, Gardel, who was his French teacher, and Holmes, who was assumedly his first painting teacher. This reading is supported by a print on the wall based on Jean Louis Gerome, who was Eakins’ French teacher. The Chess Players is a beautiful picture that already shows the brilliance of a masterful artist.
Real Oil Paints, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Chess Players, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Chess Players that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
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Get hand painted museum quality reproduction of "The Chess Players" by Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins. The Reproduction will be hand painted by one of our talented artist. "The Chess Players" by Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins Reproduction will come with Free Certificate of Authenticity that verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased.
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All our artists have at least 15 years of experience. We only hire qualified artists with advanced degrees in Fine Arts who have completed a dissertation in European or American art.
We only use the highest quality oil paint and finest available canvas. We insist on sourcing our materials from brands that have been in business for at least a century or more.
Our most senior artists, those who have at least 25 years experience, carefully examine each and every painting that comes out of our studio. No order is shipped before it meets our standards, which are the highest in the industry.
Some companies claim to be selling handmade paintings when in fact they use printing presses and screening methods to speed-up the reproduction process and lower costs. We've been selling genuine handmade online since 2003!
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself, use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service, meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.