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09.1 Black Men
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. 9.1.1
The Lord Is My Shepherd
Oil on fiberboard
16 5/8 x 13 1/8 in. (42.2 x 33.3 cm)
Signed lower left: E. Johnson
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. "The Lord Is My Shepherd, c.1862–63 (Hills no. 9.1.1)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=83 (accessed on May 26, 2022).