Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
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45.3 U.S. Later Portrait Drawings, Women

When Johnson returned from Europe late in 1855 and moved in with his family in Washington, D.C., he began receiving portrait commissions. On his trip to Superior, Michigan, in 1856 and 1857, he did charcoal portrait drawings of family and friends. Like the commissioned drawings done earlier, Johnson generally used charcoal (named in some records as black chalk) with touches of white, but the strong chiaroscuro is less evident for his women sitters. Many of these portraits are in pastel, which creates a softer visage. In his later professional years as a painter of oil portraits there are few portraits of women. His art commanded high prices; perhaps families were then reluctant to include their women members as portrait sitters. —PH

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Hills no. 45.3.14
Baur no. 320
Mary Elizabeth Newton
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston title: Portrait of Mrs. Hayes (Mary Newton)
Alternate titles: Likely Mary Severn Newton [incorrect]; Mary Newton (Mrs. Hayes); Mrs. Hayes (Mary Newton)
c.1856, Fall
Charcoal on light brown paper
21 3/4 x 16 7/8 in. (55.2 x 42.9 cm)
Inscribed lower left in graphite, possibly in the hand of collector Albert Rosenthal: Mary Hayes/Mrs. Newton
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Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Mary Elizabeth Newton, c.1856, Fall (Hills no. 45.3.14)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=946 (accessed on December 4, 2022).