Photo: Courtesy Adelson Galleries, NY
09.4 Black Groups
During the 1860s Johnson painted Black men, women, and children that bestow on them dignity, intelligence, and grace. Many in his family, including his sister Harriet May and her husband Reverend Joseph May were ardent abolitionists. To Johnson, Blacks were not subjects to be ridiculed or satirized.
Note that paintings of Black women and their babies have been placed within the Mother and Child theme. Negro Life at the South and its variations have been placed in a separate category because of its historic significance as Johnson’s chef-d’oeuvre. —PH
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Hills no. 9.4.1
Alternate title: possibly The Country Courtship
Oil on board
10 3/4 x 8 in. (27.3 x 20.3 cm)
Signed lower left: E. Johnson
Record last updated July 26, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Rustic Courtship, c.1859–60 (Hills no. 9.4.1)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=103 (accessed on May 26, 2022).