Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
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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. 9.1.3r
Baur no. 38 / 1907 Sale no. 38
Head of a Black Man
1907 Sale title: Uncle Remus
Alternate title: Head of a Negro Man
Oil on paper board
19 1/4 x 15 in. (48.9 x 38.1 cm)
Initialed lower left: E.J.
Private collection
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Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Head of a Black Man, c.1868 (Hills no. 9.1.3r)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=84 (accessed on April 14, 2024).