Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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13.7 Maine Haylofts, 1870s

In 1877, and possibly 1878, Johnson visited his sister Harriet May and her family in Kennebunkport, Maine. He found a delightful subject in the games the children played in the barn. For Johnson it was another opportunity to render darkened interiors, from which figures emerge, with sunlight shining through loft doors and playing off the partially illuminated figures and objects in the foreground. It is quite likely that many of the paintings were finished in his New York studio. —PH

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Hills no. 13.7.5
Baur no. 112 / 1907 Sale no. 73
Children Playing in a Barn
San Diego Museum of Art title: In the Hayloft
Alternate titles: possibly Jumping in the Barn; Children Playing in Barn
c.1877–79
Oil on canvas
26 1/2 x 33 in. (67.3 x 83.8 cm)
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Record last updated June 29, 2022. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Children Playing in a Barn, c.1877–79 (Hills no. 13.7.5)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=368 (accessed on December 4, 2022).