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Eastman Johnson letters, 1851-1899

Johnson, Eastman, 1824-1906


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.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 0.12 linear feet

Summary: The letters of Eastman Johnson measures 0.12 linear feet and contains 12 items that date from 1851 to 1899. The letters provide scattered documentation of his career as a painter and printmaker.
The collection includes a letter to Mr. Champney concerning a painting by Eugene Benson, a letter to Charles Lanman, personal Secretary to Daniel Webster, a letter to Alfred Ordway, artist and Director of Paintings at the Boston Athenaeum, a letter to friend and patron John Coyle, and a letter to Mr. Cozzens concerning a painting which was already sold. Also found are two letters to artist and close friend Jervis McEntee, a letter to an unidentified Mrs. P, stating that he must go to Albany before starting another picture, a letter to Mr. Clark concerning a portrait, and a letter to Dr. Hochheimer regarding a print by Henry Wolf after one of Johnson's paintings. Also included in the collection is an oversize letter, written by Johnson in Dusseldorf, to his friend Charlotte Child, in which he speaks of his impressions of Germany, mutual friends, and working in Leutze's studio.

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

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Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.