Photo: Bruce Schwarz (Shelburne Museum
Eastman Johnson, Family Cares [detail], 1873. Oil on academy board, 15 x 11 1/8 in. Collection of Shelburne Museum, museum purchase, acquired from Harry Shaw Newman, The Old Print Shop (1956-696).
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. 21.1.18
Alternate titles: Little Girl with Golden Hair; Little Girl with Golden Hair (Family Cares)
Oil on academy board
15 x 11 1/8 in. (38.1 x 28.3 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: E. Johnson/-73
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Citation: Hills, Patricia. "Family Cares, 1873 (Hills no. 21.1.18)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=271 (accessed on January 27, 2022).