Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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Photo: National Academy of Design, New York
21.1 Girls Indoors

Johnson’s daughter, Ethel, was born in May 1870, and it is not surprising that Johnson would use her (but not exclusively) as a model for the many pictures of young girls in interiors—playing with dolls, warming their hands by a stove, reading, sleeping. Such pictures often include the same furniture, such as the prie dieu (church prayer bench or kneeler) seen in Family Cares and The Tea Party. Because they were genre paintings, not portraits, Johnson freely renders the facial features. Thus, it is not surprising that for paintings done circa 1873, the bodily types of the girls look like three-year-olds; whereas those done circa 1878, look more like eight-years-olds. —PH

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Hills no. 21.1.1
The Sketch Book
Alternate title: The Art Lover
c.1859–60
Oil on canvas
12 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (31.1 x 38.7 cm)
Possibly signed; signature was noted in 1993–95 National Academy of Design painting conservation survey, but no inscription seen during Hills examination in 1970
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Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "The Sketch Book, c.1859–60 (Hills no. 21.1.1)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=266 (accessed on May 26, 2022).