Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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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. 9.3.7
The Young Sweep
Alternate titles: possibly Chimney-sweep; possibly The Sweep; Barefoot Black Boy; Chimney Sweep; The Chimney Sweep
Oil on paper board
12 3/16 x 9 3/8 in. (31 x 23.8 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: E. Johnson/1863
Private collection
Record last updated June 2, 2022. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "The Young Sweep, 1863 (Hills no. 9.3.7)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=81 (accessed on October 3, 2023).