Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
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45.7 U.S. Later Portrait Drawings, Groups

In 1857 Johnson drew the “Five Sisters”—women who were friends or relatives of each other. Beginning in the 1860s Johnson began to make “conversation groups” in oil, as had been the fashion in England in the 1700s. These scenes were of families relaxed in interiors and engaged in talking with each other, such as the Hatches, Browns, Blatchfords, and Burdens. In a few instances Johnson did charcoal drawings of the whole scene or individual members, but it is not clear if such drawings were done before or after their oil counterparts. —PH

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Hills no. 45.7.5
Group with Sarah Fairchild Dean
Alternate titles: possibly The Sisters; Five Sisters; Group with Mrs. Sarah Fairchild Conover
Pastel on canvas
25 1/2 x 30 3/4 in. (64.8 x 78.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: E.J. 1857.
Record last updated March 25, 2022. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Group with Sarah Fairchild Dean, 1857 (Hills no. 45.7.5)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=1040 (accessed on June 15, 2024).