Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
print this page
« previous // return to Catalogue // next »

Catalogue Entry

enlarge
Photo: Courtesy of Everson Museum of Art
Frame
Photo: Patricia Hills
Detail with inscription
Photo: Patricia Hills
Detail with inscription
Photo: Abigael MacGibeny
Plaque, in Everson Museum object file
Photo: Abigael MacGibeny
13.1 Maine Rustic/Farm, 1860s—Figures in Barns

In the nineteenth century, attitudes towards work changed, especially in the northern states of America. Although some artists made fun of “country bumpkins,” in general, farm work and farmers began to take on greater prestige and admiration. During the 1860s, Johnson returned to his birthplace in Maine to make studies of maple sugar production and also to seek out subjects of a rural life far removed from slavery. Barn interiors and home interiors show the families of farmers husking corn, winnowing grain, of taking a smoke. Exteriors show farmers at harvest time, loggers cutting trees or simply relaxing. In choosing scenes of rural white America Johnson was following in the tradition of Francis William Edmonds, George H. Durrie, Tompkins H. Matteson, and William Sidney Mount—a tradition popularized by the prints of Currier and Ives. —PH

View all works in this theme »

Hills no. 13.1.1
Baur no. 91
Barn Interior at Corn Husking Time
Everson Museum of Art title: Corn Husking
Alternate titles: likely Corn Huskers; likely Corn Shucking; A Corn Husking; Corn-Husking Down East; Cornhusking; Husking; The Corn Husking
1860
Locale: Maine
Oil on canvas
26 x 30 in. (66 x 76.2 cm)
Signed and dated lower right on door crossbar: E. Johnson 1860
loading
Record last updated June 2, 2022. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Barn Interior at Corn Husking Time, 1860 (Hills no. 13.1.1)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=124 (accessed on September 30, 2022).