Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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Photo: Courtesy of the Green-Wood Historic Fund
Photo: Patricia Hills
Photo: Patricia Hills
Photo: Courtesy of the Green-Wood Historic Fund
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Photo: Courtesy of the Green-Wood Historic Fund
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Photo: Courtesy of the Green-Wood Historic Fund
31.1 U.S. Portraits, Men

When Johnson returned to the United States, he not only painted genre paintings but he also continued to paint portraits, which gave him a steady income. After 1880 Johnson turned to portraiture almost exclusively. During the 1880s and 1890s he painted businessmen, lawyers, university presidents, and three U.S. presidents from life. At times he also painted their wives and children.

He was also commissioned to paint posthumous portraits, often from photographs. These portraits by and large do not have the sparkle and active brushwork of those done from life. It seems that the demand for portraits of business and civic leaders (and members of exclusive men’s clubs) was so high that portrait painters would often make copies of each other’s paintings to satisfy the market for such images. In many instances, it has been difficult to render opinions for such paintings. —PH

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Hills no. 31.1.75
William Maxwell Evarts
The Green-Wood Historic Fund title: Portrait of William M. Evarts
Alternate titles: possibly Hon. William M. Evarts; possibly Portrait of Wm. M. Evarts, Esq.; possibly W. M. Evarts; possibly William M. Evarts
Oil on canvas
27 x 22 in. (68.6 x 55.9 cm)
Signed lower left: E. Johnson
Record last updated July 29, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia. "William Maxwell Evarts, c.1885 (Hills no. 31.1.75)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=552 (accessed on January 27, 2022).