Eastman Johnson / The Letter Home / 1867Eastman Johnson
The Letter Home

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Creator Name: Johnson, Eastman
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1824 - 1906
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Eastman Johnson
Title: The Letter Home
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1867
Creation End Date: 1867
Creation Date: 1867
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: charcoal and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions: H.24 x W.30 in.
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE; DATE
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 74.17
Credit Line: The Julia B. Bigelow Fund
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

Johnson began his career by making pencil portraits. Between 1849 and 1855 he studied painting at Dusseldorf, the Hague and Paris. He settled in New York and became famous as a genre painter. The artist traveled extensively from his native New England to the shores of Lake Superior to sketch and paint. During the Civil War, Johnson was present at numerous battles. The composition represents a scene after the Battle of Gettysburg when a wounded soldier dictates a letter for home to a young woman volunteer.

Johnson rendered the drawing for the United States Sanitary Commission, organized in 1861 to provide additional nurses, hospitals and ambulances for the military. It sponsored fairs throughout the North to raise funds. The bronze medallions in the frame were executed by Anthony C. Pauquet to commemorate the Philadelphia and Chicago fairs of 1864 and 1865. The original oak frame was probably designed by the architect Peter B. Wight for the owner of the drawing, E.W. Blatchford who was an active member of the Sanitary Commission.

AMICA ID: MIA_.74.17
Component Measured: image
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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