40.0 Literary/Historical Drawings
In addition to his scenes of everyday life and portraits of people, Johnson created images of historical events and figures from works of literature, drama, and music. For example, “Carry Me, and I’ll Drum You Through” was inspired by an incident from the Battle of Antietam, 1862, and Membership Vote at the Union League Club, May 11, 1876, recorded a contentious meeting in which he participated much later. His Marguerite, Cosette, and Minnehaha are personifications of fictional heroines from novels and poetry. His Boy Lincoln represents both the future United States president and the archetypical American youth who, with determination and hard work, could succeed. Johnson rendered several of these imaginative images as both paintings and drawings. These literary and historical works evince both his personal interest in those subjects and his awareness of their popularity with the broad public. —AM
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Hills no. 40.0.1
The Honey Moon
Alternate title: Scene from the Honey-Moon
15 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (39.4 x 59.7 cm)
American Art-Union, New York, 1849, no. 244, as Scene from the Honey-Moon
, owner J. Grosvenor, New York.
Cowdrey, Mary Bartlett. American Academy of Fine Arts and American Art Union. Vol. II. New York
: The New-York Historical Society
, p. 210, as Scene from the Honey-Moon.
Hills, Patricia. The Genre Paintings of Eastman Johnson: The Sources and Development of His Style and Themes. New York
: Garland Publishing
, p. 31, as The Honey Moon.
Carbone, Teresa A. "From Crayon to Brush: The Education of Eastman Johnson, 1840–1858."
In Eastman Johnson: Painting America
, by Teresa A. Carbone and Patricia Hills
. Brooklyn, NY
: Brooklyn Museum of Art, in association with Rizzoli International Publications
. Exhibition catalogue
, p. 17, as The Honey Moon.
Record last updated March 28, 2022. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "The Honey Moon, c.1849 (Hills no. 40.0.1)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?SystemID=807 (accessed on March 31, 2023).