Photo: Courtesy National Park Service, Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
43.5 U.S. Early Portrait Drawings, Children and Adolescents
In his early career Johnson's portraits of children and adolescents were confined to charcoal drawings of his family members, such as Harriet. But when he moved to Boston, he began to draw other children, such as the Longfellow children, in both charcoal and pastel.
See Technical Information on Johnson's Practices for a discussion of charcoal, black chalk, crayon, and pastel. —PH
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Hills no. 43.5.3
Baur no. 332
Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow
National Park Service, Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site title: Portrait of Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow
Black charcoal with white and pale yellow (?) chalk highlights on light brown wove rag paper
17 13/16 x 14 13/16 in. (45.3 x 37.6 cm) (oval)
Neither signed nor dated
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Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow, c.1848, December (Hills no. 43.5.3)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=1032 (accessed on December 8, 2022).