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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. 26.7.1
1907 Sale no. 63
Dropping Off
Alternate titles: Napping Off; Study for Dropping Off; The Old Philosopher
c.1871
Oil on panel
23 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. (59.1 x 48.9 cm)
Initialed lower right: EJ
Private collection, New York
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Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Dropping Off, c.1871 (Hills no. 26.7.1)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=440 (accessed on February 2, 2023).