Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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26.6 Nantucket Portraits and Types

Like many artists in the nineteenth century, Johnson often did paintings of “types” that are actually identifiable portraits. For example, the painting John F. Sylvia shows a Nantucket miller in his barn looking up from his account books to look out the window. Called at one time The Falling Market, the subject suggests a man perhaps assessing his position in the economy in the early years of the 1870s when a recession gripped the nation. —PH

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Hills no. 26.6.17
Baur no. 253
Robert Ratliff
Alternate titles: Portrait of Robert Ratliff; Robert Ratliffe
c.1879, December 17
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 1/2 in. (76.2 x 62.2 cm)
Initialed lower right in red: E. J.; verso: Robt. Ratliff/Born Feb [ ? ] /1794/Went with Napoleon/to St. Helena/Shipwrecked on the Island of Nantucket/Dec. 20th 1820. Where he has/remained/to date, ever since Dec 17th 1879/Eastman Johnson
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Record last updated July 18, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Robert Ratliff, c.1879, December 17 (Hills no. 26.6.17)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=451 (accessed on February 2, 2023).