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

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. 25.2.8
Woman Reading
Alternate title: On the Beach
c.1874
Oil on academy board mounted on cardboard and mounted on masonite
25 1/4 x 18 1/2 in. (64.1 x 47 cm)
Unsigned
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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, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Woman Reading, c.1874 (Hills no. 25.2.8)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=339 (accessed on August 16, 2022).