Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
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Photo: © 2021 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Writing His Lesson, 1863 (Hills no. 10.0.13). Installation
Photo: Patricia Hills
10.0 Civil War Themes

Johnson was thirty-six years old when the Civil War began. Although he did not serve in the Union Army, he followed the Union troops in search of subjects that would appeal to a pro-Union audience. He also painted pictures of the homefront. —PH

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Hills no. 10.0.13
Baur no. 149
Writing His Lesson
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston title: Writing to Father
Alternate titles: A Letter to Father; The First Letter; The Young Letter Writer; Young Letter Writer
Oil on composition board
12 x 9 1/4 in. (30.5 x 23.5 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: E. Johnson./-63
Record last updated September 10, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Writing His Lesson, 1863 (Hills no. 10.0.13)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=108 (accessed on October 3, 2023).