Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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Photo: Currier Museum of Art
Black & white
Photo: Courtesy of Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York
25.1 Women Indoors

Johnson’s wife, Elizabeth, no doubt turned his attention to representations of women alone—either in interiors or outside. Such women are often lost in thought and suggest sentient beings with an inner life. In my interviews with descendants of Johnson’s siblings, she is presented as an independent woman. Johnson painted her portrait in which she assumes the posture of a woman who thinks on her own (also see theme 31.3). —PH

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Hills no. 25.1.6
Woman Polishing Glasses
Currier Museum of Art title: Reading the Bible
Alternate titles: Portrait of a Lady Polishing Her Glasses; Woman in Armchair; Woman Polishing Glasses, Seated before an Open Book. “Here Begineth [sic] the Lesson”; Woman Polishing Spectacles
1863, September
Oil on canvas
21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: E. Johnson./Sept. 1863
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Record last updated July 29, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia. "Woman Polishing Glasses, 1863, September (Hills no. 25.1.6)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=322 (accessed on January 23, 2022).