Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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Photo: Detroit Institute of Arts, courtesy of Dan Granoff
Photo: Patricia Hills
Photo: Patricia Hills
Photo: Patricia Hills
Photo: Patricia Hills
09.4 Black Groups

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.

Note that paintings of Black women and their babies have been placed within the Mother and Child theme. Negro Life at the South and its variations have been placed in a separate category because of its historic significance as Johnson’s chef-d’oeuvre. —PH

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Hills no. 9.4.4
Baur no. 76
Babe with Maid
Alternate titles: Mammy & Child; Negro with Child
Oil on canvas
14 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (37.5 x 31.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: E. Johnson / – 62
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Record last updated August 31, 2021. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Babe with Maid, 1862 (Hills no. 9.4.4)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=91 (accessed on May 29, 2023).