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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. 21.1.14
Girl with Black Straw Hat Warming Her Hands Before a Stove
Alternate titles: possibly Getting Warm; possibly Warming Hands; A Cold Day; Child Warming Hands; Child with Stove; Girl Warming Her Hands by Stove; Portrait of Daughter; Warming Her Hands
Oil on canvas
17 3/4 x 14 1/8 in. (45.1 x 35.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: E. Johnson/1871
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Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Girl with Black Straw Hat Warming Her Hands Before a Stove, 1871 (Hills no. 21.1.14)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=288 (accessed on August 16, 2022).