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Photo: The Cleveland Museum of Art, Open Access
Winding Yarn, 1872 (Hills no. 26.1.1). Frame
Photo: The Cleveland Museum of Art, Open Access
26.1 Nantucket Genre—Indoors

In June 1869 Johnson married Elizabeth Buckley of Troy, New York, and the following summer he and his wife and their baby, Ethel, went to Nantucket, Massachusetts for the season. Johnson responded enthusiastically to Nantucket, which seemed to be filled with characters and activities that appealed to him, and the couple returned to the island each summer. Beside painting genre scenes of men, women, and children both indoors and outside, Johnson launched a major theme—the cranberry harvest—a time in the fall when the whole community turned out to pick the wild cranberries ripening in the bogs of Nantucket. Johnson made at least eighteen studies before crafting his major painting, The Cranberry Harvest, which was exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1880. —PH

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Hills no. 26.1.1
Baur no. 146
Winding Yarn
Cleveland Museum of Art title: Winding Yarn (Interior of a Nantucket Kitchen) [possibly incorrect]
Alternate title: Interior of a Nantucket Kitchen [possibly incorrect]
Oil on board
14 3/4 x 21 7/16 in. (37.5 x 54.5 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: E. Johnson 1872
Record last updated September 21, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Winding Yarn, 1872 (Hills no. 26.1.1)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=380 (accessed on June 25, 2024).