English: Edward Hornor Coates (November 12, 1846 – December 23, 1921) was a Philadelphia businessman, financier, and patron of the arts and sciences. He served as Director of the Mechanics National Bank in 1873, was chairman of the Committee on Instruction at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1883 to 1890, and subsequently held the position of Academy president from 1890 to 1906. It was during his position as chairman that Mr. Coates commissioned The Swimming Hole from Thomas Eakins, only later to reject it. Painter John McLure Hamilton, in a piece about Mr. Coates from Hamilton's book Men I Have Painted (1921), describes Mr. Coates' time at the Academy:
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