Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
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Photo: Hallmark Cards
Verso of frame
Photo: Hallmark Cards
Verso label
Photo: Hallmark Cards
Cover of Hallmark Christmas card, 1952
Photo: Courtesy of the Hallmark Archives, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO
Inside of Hallmark Christmas card (personalized), 1952
Photo: Courtesy of the Hallmark Archives, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO
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. 9.3.3
Baur no. 101
The Freedom Ring
Alternate title: possibly Albino Girl
c.1860
Oil on paper board
18 1/4 x 22 5/16 in. (46.4 x 56.7 cm)
Signed lower left: E. Johnson
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Record last updated March 22, 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 Freedom Ring, c.1860 (Hills no. 9.3.3)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=89 (accessed on May 26, 2022).