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Photo: Owen Murphy, 2002, courtesy of Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS
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Photo: Owen Murphy, 2002, courtesy of Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS
09.3 Black Children and Adolescents

During the 1860s Johnson painted Black men, women, and children that bestow on them dignity, intelligence, and grace. Many in his family, including his sister Harriet May and her husband Reverend Joseph May were ardent abolitionists. To Johnson, Blacks were not subjects to be ridiculed or satirized. —PH

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Hills no. 9.3.5
Negro Boy (Piccolo Player)
Alternate titles: Negro Boy; Piccolo Player (Study for 1860 Negro Boy)
c.1860–61
Oil on canvas
13 3/8 x 11 3/8 in. (34 x 28.9 cm)
Signed lower right: E. Johnson.
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Record last updated July 28, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Negro Boy (Piccolo Player), c.1860–61 (Hills no. 9.3.5)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=80 (accessed on September 26, 2022).