Photo: National Gallery of Art
45.3 U.S. Later Portrait Drawings, Women
When Johnson returned from Europe late in 1855 and moved in with his family in Washington, D.C., he began receiving portrait commissions. On his trip to Superior, Michigan, in 1856 and 1857, he did charcoal portrait drawings of family and friends. Like the commissioned drawings done earlier, Johnson generally used charcoal (named in some records as black chalk) with touches of white, but the strong chiaroscuro is less evident for his women sitters. Many of these portraits are in pastel, which creates a softer visage. In his later professional years as a painter of oil portraits there are few portraits of women. His art commanded high prices; perhaps families were then reluctant to include their women members as portrait sitters. —PH
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Hills no. 45.3.13
Baur no. 335a
National Gallery of Art title: Mrs. Merrick
Alternate titles: likely Portrait of a Lady; Mrs. Richard T. Merrick; Portrait of Nannie McGuire (later Mrs. Richard T. Merrick)
Pastel on linen canvas
25 1/2 x 21 in. (64.8 x 53.3 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: E. Johnson/May 1856; verso: none
Record last updated April 4, 2022. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Nannie McGuire, 1856, May (Hills no. 45.3.13)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?SystemID=950 (accessed on September 30, 2022).