Johnson, Eastman

Johnson, Eastman,

1824–1906, American portrait and genre painter, b. Lovell, Maine. He studied with a lithographer in Boston and later in Düsseldorf, then for almost four years at The Hague, where he was greatly influenced by the 17th-century Dutch masters. In 1855 Johnson returned to the United States and in 1860 settled in New York City. His fame rests primarily upon his skillfully executed genre pictures, such as Old Kentucky Home (N.Y. Public Lib.) and Corn Husking at Nantucket (Metropolitan Mus.). After 1885, however, he devoted himself to portraiture. Among his sitters were Presidents Hayes, Cleveland, and Harrison, as well as Cornelius Vanderbilt, Emerson, and Longfellow.


See study by P. Hills (1972).

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Johnson, Eastman

(1824–1906) painter; born in Lovell, Maine. He studied in Germany and France (1849–55), and returned to America to continue his career as a genre and portrait painter. His series of canvases focusing on harvesting cranberries, such as The Cranberry Pickers (c. 1875), remains his most famous work.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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