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. 9.3.4
Musical Instinct
Alternate title: Banjo Girl
1860
Oil on board mounted on board
13 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. (34 x 27 cm)
Initialed and dated lower right: E J 186[?] [1860 or 1861]
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Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Musical Instinct, 1860 (Hills no. 9.3.4)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=87 (accessed on September 27, 2022).