Photo: Collection of the New York City Bar Association
Charles O'Conor portrait in Johnson's studio (top left)
Photo: Reproduced in William Walton, "Eastman Johnson, Painter," Scribner's Magazine, September 1906
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. 31.1.155
New York City Bar Association title: O'Connor [sic], Charles
Alternate titles: C. O'Connor; Portrait of the Late Charles O'Connor [sic])
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm)
Signed lower right in red: E. Johnson, Nantucket
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Citation: Hills, Patricia. "Charles O'Conor, 1880, December (Hills no. 31.1.155)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=609 (accessed on January 27, 2022).