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 Sotheby’s, Inc. © 2021
22.0 Boys and Girls Together

On occasion, Johnson painted boys and girls together. Most notable were his scenes of street musicians. During the 1870s Italian immigrant children earned money for their families by playing musical instruments in the city streets; such children were known as “slaves of the harp.” See John E. Zucchi, Little Slaves of the Harp: Italian Child Street Musicians in Nineteenth-Century Paris, London, and New York (McGill-Queens University Press, 1992). —PH

View all works in this theme »

Hills no. 22.0.1
Street Musicians
Alternate title: The Musicians
1861
Oil on canvas
11 1/8 x 9 in. (28.3 x 22.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: E. Johnson/1861
loading
Record last updated August 1, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia. "Street Musicians, 1861 (Hills no. 22.0.1)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=239 (accessed on January 27, 2022).