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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. 26.1.22
Baur no. 68
Old Whalers of Nantucket
Walters Art Museum title: The Nantucket School of Philosophy
Alternate titles: A Nantucket Symposium; Nantucket School of Philosophy; Nantucket Whalers; Old Whalers at Nantucket
Oil on panel
23 1/4 x 31 11/16 in. (59.1 x 80.5 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: E. Johnson 1887
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Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Old Whalers of Nantucket, 1887 (Hills no. 26.1.22)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=387 (accessed on December 6, 2023).