Johnston, Henrietta Deering

Johnston, Henrietta Deering

(?1670–?1728/9) painter; born in England. Little is known of her life before she emigrated to Charleston, S.C., in 1705. She is considered one of the first important women painters in America. Her work consisted of pastel portraits, which lacked depth perception but were simple and charming, as seen in Anne Broughton (1720).
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