Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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26.7 Old Men Reading

In the mid-1870s, Johnson took up the subject of old men reading, sometimes seen outdoors but usually indoors. The large size of the books suggests that the men are reading the Bible. With their suggestion of time passing and the solace of faith, such works are a solemn contrast to the joie de vivre of works such as the Old Stage Coach, which depicts young children using the relics of the past as their playground. —PH

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Hills no. 26.7.8
Baur no. 121
Study for Thy Word Is a Lamp Unto My Feet and a Light unto My Path
Alternate titles: Man Reading; Man Seated at a Desk; Portrait of a Man Reading; Study for "Reading the Bible"
c.1875–81
Oil on paper on board
18 x 11 3/4 in. (45.7 x 29.8 cm)
Initialed lower right: E. J.
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Record last updated November 22, 2022. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Study for Thy Word Is a Lamp Unto My Feet and a Light unto My Path, c.1875–81 (Hills no. 26.7.8)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=435 (accessed on February 2, 2023).