31.1 U.S. Portraits, Men
When Johnson returned to the United States, he not only painted genre paintings but he also continued to paint portraits, which gave him a steady income. After 1880 Johnson turned to portraiture almost exclusively. During the 1880s and 1890s he painted businessmen, lawyers, university presidents, and three U.S. presidents from life. At times he also painted their wives and children.
He was also commissioned to paint posthumous portraits, often from photographs. These portraits by and large do not have the sparkle and active brushwork of those done from life. It seems that the demand for portraits of business and civic leaders (and members of exclusive men’s clubs) was so high that portrait painters would often make copies of each other’s paintings to satisfy the market for such images. In many instances, it has been difficult to render opinions for such paintings. —PH
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Hills no. 31.1.11
Judah Philip Benjamin
Alternate title: Judah P. Benjamin
Oil on canvas
27 x 22 in. (68.6 x 55.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: E. Johnson/Dec. 1857
Private collection, Osgood, Indiana
Wallach, Alan. "Eastman Johnson's Jews." Perspectives on Eastman Johnson, National Academy of Design (New York)
, February 15, 2022
, as Judah P. Benjamin.
Sitter: Benjamin, Judah Philip
Judah Philip Benjamin (1811–1884). Lawyer and U.S. Senator from Louisiana; first Jewish Confederate cabinet officer; Attorney General, Secretary of War, and Secretary of State for the Confederate States under President Jefferson Davis. Escaped to England at the end of the Civil War.
White, Terry James. The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1967–.
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Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Judah Philip Benjamin, 1857, December (Hills no. 31.1.11)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?SystemID=505 (accessed on March 31, 2023).