Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Photo: Courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art
[ 09.2 Black Women ]
09.2 Black Women
During the 1860s Johnson painted Black men, women, and children that bestow on them dignity, intelligence, and grace. Many in his family, including his sister Harriet May and her husband Reverend Joseph May were ardent abolitionists. To Johnson, Blacks were not subjects to be ridiculed or satirized. —PH
Hills no. 9.2.5
1907 Sale no. 6
Gibbes Museum of Art title: Dinah, Portrait of a Negress
Alternate title: Portrait of a Negress
Oil on paper board
10 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. (27.3 x 21.6 cm)
Initialed lower left: E.J.
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina, Gift of Kathleen Hammer and Arthur Seelbinder and partial museum purchase with funds provided by gifts from Maureen and Roger Ackerman, Ryder Harwood Bishop, Angela R. Black, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Burdick, Susan and Van Campbell, Ted Dintersmith and Elizabeth Hazard, Deborah C. and Neil G. Fisher, Laura D. and Stephen F. Gates, Paulo R. and Beth A. Geiss, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Ham, Sr., Pam and Monte Harrington, Bury and Lesesne Hudson, Teresa D. and Roger L. Jones, Lenna Ruth Macdonald and Robert C. Carew, Angela D. and Ben F. Mack, Debbie Rice-Marko and John Marko, Gwen and Layton McCurdy, Peter and Suzanne Pollak, Harriet B. and Richard W. Smartt, Mr. Todd Smith and Mr. Ben Hood, Tom and Lenora White, Mr. John Henry Dick, Mr. Don R. Gestefeld, Mrs. C. Gustavus Memminger, Ms. Evelyn Borchard Metzger and Ms. Doris Rosenthal (2006.007)
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Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Dinah, c.1867–69 (Hills no. 9.2.5)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=3 (accessed on May 29, 2023).