The following chronology lists significant moments in Eastman Johnson's life and work.
Born Jonathan Eastman Johnson in Lovell, Maine, the third of eight children of Philip C. Johnson and Mary Chandler Johnson.
Moved to Fryeburg, Maine, with his family.
Moved in the winter to Augusta, Maine, where his father held various positions in the state government.
Worked for a time as a clerk in a dry goods store, spent some time in a lithography shop in Boston, and commenced a career as a portrait draftsman.
In the late winter or early spring moved to Washington, D.C., where he established a successful practice drawing notable Americans living there.
Moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the early fall, where he received commissions to draw the circle of friends surrounding Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Had studios in Amory Hall and then in Tremont Temple.
Mid-August sailed for Europe. In Düsseldorf by November, where he studied anatomical drawing at the Royal Academy.
By fall had completed two oil paintings which he sent to the American Art-Union for sale.
Moved into the Düsseldorf studio of the American painter Emanuel Leutze in January. In July traveled to London to see the International Exposition. In the late summer moved to the Hague.
Lived mostly at The Hague with trips to Scheveningen and Dongen and to Germany.
Moved to Paris in August, where he entered the studio of Thomas Couture. Sailed for the United States in October and went directly to Washington, D.C. Painted and drew portraits of his family and friends.
Visited his sister in Superior, Wisconsin, in the late summer.
Back in Washington, D.C., during the spring. By July had returned to Superior. 1857–58 Late winter and early spring established in Cincinnati painting portraits.
Moved to New York City in April, where he took a studio in the University Building. 1859 Elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design.
Elected a full Academician of the National Academy of Design.
Followed the Union Troops on several campaigns during the early years of the Civil War. Spent the late winter months in Fryeburg, Maine, sketching outdoor scenes of the maple sugar camps.
Joined the Century Club, New York City.
Joined the Union League Club, New York City. Taught the fall term at the National Academy of Design.
Taught the spring term at the National Academy of Design. Married Elizabeth Buckley of Troy, New York, on June 29. Vacationed in Murray Bay, Canada, during July.
Only daughter, Ethel, born in May. Took his family to Nantucket for the summer.
Bought property on Nantucket. Summered there for the rest of his active life. Painted his first dated outdoor Nantucket scene.
Moved into 65 West 55th Street, New York City, where he kept a winter studio.
Painted studies for the cranberry picking scenes during the summer months. Visited his sister Harriet May and her family in Kennebunkport, Maine, where he painted a series of barn interiors with children in 1877 and 1878.
Began to paint fewer genre scenes, more portraits.
Vacationed in Europe. Painted Grover Cleveland as President of the United States.
Painted his last dated genre painting.
Vacationed in Europe.
Painted President Benjamin Harrison.
Vacationed in Europe.
Died April 5 in New York City.