Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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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. 23.0.17
Baur no. 132
The Pet Canary
Alternate title: Girl with Birdcage
c.1878–81
Oil on panel
9 5/8 x 7 1/4 in. (24.4 x 18.4 cm)
Signed lower left: E. Johnson
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Record last updated May 7, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "The Pet Canary, c.1878–81 (Hills no. 23.0.17)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=363 (accessed on August 16, 2022).