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23.0 Children and Pets

A traditional theme in genre painting, but also seen in children’s portraits, are children interacting with their pets. Pets, then and now, were given to children to encourage responsibility and even empathy toward other creatures. Pictures in the theme Maine Haylofts (13.7) also include children and pets. —PH

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Hills no. 23.0.1
Baur no. 105
The Pets
Alternate titles: Girl and Pets; Girl and Pets (No. 1)
1856
Oil on academy board transferred to hardboard
25 x 28 3/4 in. (63.5 x 73 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: E. Johnson. 1856
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Record last updated August 20, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia. "The Pets, 1856 (Hills no. 23.0.1)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=346 (accessed on January 27, 2022).