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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. 25.1.13
Alternate titles: likely Lady Before a Mirror; Lady Before Her Mirror; The Earring; Young Woman in an Interior
Oil on paper board
26 x 22 in. (66 x 55.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: E. Johnson/1873
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Citation: Hills, Patricia. "The Toilet, 1873 (Hills no. 25.1.13)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=324 (accessed on January 27, 2022).