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31.1 U.S. Portraits, Men
When Johnson returned to the United States, he not only painted genre paintings but he also continued to paint portraits, which gave him a steady income. After 1880 Johnson turned to portraiture almost exclusively. During the 1880s and 1890s he painted businessmen, lawyers, university presidents, and three U.S. presidents from life. At times he also painted their wives and children.
He was also commissioned to paint posthumous portraits, often from photographs. These portraits by and large do not have the sparkle and active brushwork of those done from life. It seems that the demand for portraits of business and civic leaders (and members of exclusive men’s clubs) was so high that portrait painters would often make copies of each other’s paintings to satisfy the market for such images. In many instances, it has been difficult to render opinions for such paintings. —PH
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Hills no. 31.1.222
Andrew Dickson White
Alternate titles: Portrait of A. D. White; Portrait of Andrew Dickson White; Pres. Andrew D. White of Cornell
Oil on canvas
25 1/8 x 21 1/16 in. (63.8 x 53.5 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: E. Johnson/1884 [As in other Johnson paintings of the 1880s and 1890s, the "8"s have a flat top]
Catalogue of an Exhibition of Charcoal Drawings by Eastman Johnson. New York
: Kennedy Galleries
. Exhibition catalogue (1920 Kennedy Galleries)
, p. 13, addendum “Paintings by Eastman Johnson" [possibly, as Andrew Dickson White
Sitter: White, Andrew Dickson
Andrew Dickson White (1832–1918). Historian, politician, and university president. Professor of history and English literature at University of Michigan, 1857–1862. Served in the Senate of the State of New York, from 1863. First president of Cornell University, 1867–1885.
White, Terry James. The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1967–.
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Image courtesy of the Johnson Museum
Andrew Dickson White [Newton A. Wells after Johnson]
Oil on canvas
26 1/2 x 20 1/8 in. (67.3 x 51.1 cm)
Signed and dated verso: Feb. 1885 / Andrew D. White LL.D. / Painted by / Newton A. Wells after / Eastman Johnson's portrait painted in 1884
Collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Gift of Philip W. Palmer (94.008)
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Record last updated July 29, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Andrew Dickson White, 1884 (Hills no. 31.1.222)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=1195 (accessed on June 6, 2023).