"b. in Maine, 1824. Began his profession by executing portraits in black and white when little more than a mere boy. He went abroad and studied for two years in Duesseldorf, subsequently studying in Italy, Paris and Holland. He remained four years at the Hague. Returned to America and opened a studio in new york in 1860. among his earlier works were many representations of quaint domestic and negro life, among which none is better known than his 'old Kentucky home,' which has been lithographed, engraved, and 'chromoed' again and again. Mr. Johnson has latterly devoted much of his tme to painting portraits, and invariably produces a painting interesting for its composition and technique even to one entirely unacquainted with the subject of the picture. His later metehod of painting is not unlike that employed by the London artist, Millais - solid in the lights and thin and transparent in the shadows. His portraits are held in high esteem and his talent is in great demand. " Mr. Johnson's subjects are carefully studied, and are always expressive of genuine feeling. no one has more decided individuality and independence in choice and treatment of subject than this artist. His pictures bear the unmistakable stamp of originality. We are never reminded in them of the the influence of schools or foreign methods; they rest upon their own merits, and the only comParisons they suggest are those afforded by the truths of nature. - Prof. Weir." [P. 52.]
Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company, 1883.
Artist address: New York, New York.
Artist professional affiliation: National Academician.