Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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Plate on frame
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Mihály Munkacsy, Blind Milton dictating "Paradise Lost" to his daughters, 1877

New York Public Library Archives, The New York Public Library. "Blind Milton dictating "Paradise Lost" to his daughters" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 4, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/66760d80-c7f1-0135-7e34-49d3fe482577
27.0 Literary/Historical

In addition to his scenes of everyday life and portraits of people, Johnson created images of historical events and figures from works of literature, drama, and music. For example, “Carry Me, and I’ll Drum You Through” was inspired by an incident from the Battle of Antietam, 1862, and Membership Vote at the Union League Club, May 11, 1876, recorded a contentious meeting in which he participated much later. His Marguerite, Cosette, and Minnehaha are personifications of fictional heroines from novels and poetry. His Boy Lincoln represents both the future United States president and the archetypical American youth who, with determination and hard work, could succeed. Johnson rendered several of these imaginative images as both paintings and drawings. These literary and historical works evince both his personal interest in those subjects and his awareness of their popularity with the broad public. —AM

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Hills no. 27.0.22
Baur no. 123
Milton and His Daughters
Blanden Memorial Art Museum title: “Milton Dictating Paradise Lost to his Daughters”
Alternate titles: Milton Dictating "Paradise Lost" to His Daughters; Milton Dictating to His Daughters
Oil on canvas
25 1/16 x 30 1/16 in. (63.7 x 76.4 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: E. Johnson 1876
Record last updated September 6, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Milton and His Daughters, 1876 (Hills no. 27.0.22)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=468 (accessed on February 2, 2023).