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The letters of Eastman Johnson contain 12 items and date from 1851 to 1899. The letters provide scattered documentation of his career as a painter and printmaker.
Eastman Johnson letters, 1851-1899. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Eastman Johnson papers also at Syracuse University.
Eastman Johnson (1824-1906) was a painter in New York, N.Y. Born in Lovell, Maine, Johnson was employed by lithographer John H. Bufford in 1840. He became known for his charcoal portraits during his travels on the East Coast. In 1849, he studied with Emanuel Leutze in Dusseldorf, Germany, and continued his studies in The Hague and Paris before his return to the United States in 1855, finally settling in New York in 1859.
Portion donated 1955-1962 by Charles Feinberg, an active donor and friend of AAA. Additional letters were purchased at auction by AAA in 1968. Portion donated 1976 by Letitia Howe, an active donor to AAA. Additional material donated 1979 by Caroline Johnson Brown, Johnson's grand-niece.
The papers of Eastman Johnson were digitized in 2005 by the Archives of American Art. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 29 images.
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