Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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21.2 Girls Outdoors

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. 21.2.2
Baur no. 101a
Gathering Flowers
Alternate titles: possibly Girl with Flowers; possibly The Little Flower Girl; possibly The Little Flower-Girl
c.1862–79
Oil on academy board
14 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. (36.8 x 31.1 cm)
Signed lower right: E. Johnson
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Record last updated July 28, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia. "Gathering Flowers, c.1862–79 (Hills no. 21.2.2)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=298 (accessed on January 27, 2022).