Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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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. 25.1.4
1907 Sale no. 69
Lady Playing Harp
Alternate titles: Lady Playing a Harp; The Harpist; Woman Playing a Harp; Woman Playing Harp
Oil on board, laid down on aluminum
28 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (72.7 x 49.8 cm)
Initialed lower right: E.J.
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Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Lady Playing Harp, c.1860–69 (Hills no. 25.1.4)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=337 (accessed on June 15, 2024).