Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Johnson, Eastman

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JOHNSON, EASTMAN, an American painter; born in Lovell, Me., July 29, 1824. In 1849 he went to Düsseldorf, where he studied two years, and afterward resided for four years at The Hague, where, besides numerous portraits, he executed “The Savoyard” and the “Card Players.” His favorite subjects are the American rustic and negro, and glimpses of domestic life, though later he devoted himself almost exclusively to portrait painting. He revisited Europe in 1885. Among his best works, many of which have been reproduced in chromo-lithography are “The Old Kentucky Home” (1859); “The Farmer's Sunday Morning” (1860); “The Village Blacksmith” (1864); “The Boyhood of Abraham Lincoln” (1867); “The Old Stage Coach” (1871); “The Wounded Drummer” (1872); “The Pedlar” (1873); “A Glass with the Squire” (1880); and “The Funding Bill” (1881). He painted portraits of Presidents Cleveland and Harrison. He died Apr. 6, 1906.