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Attributed to Joshua Johnson (1765-1830, active 1796-1824) Portrait of a Young Woman in White.

Auction:
2349
Lot:
164
Sold for:
$11,750$10,000

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2349
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
February 18, 2007 11:00AM

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Attributed to Joshua Johnson (1765-1830, active 1796-1824)

Portrait of a Young Woman in White. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, showing a three-quarter length portrait of the woman wearing a white dress, standing before a rose bush, 24 1/8 x 20 1/8 in., in a later molded gilt gesso frame. Condition: Relined, retouch.

Note: Joshua Johnson was the first known African-American professional portrait painter to work in the United States working in oil on canvas. He was born in the West Indies, came to the south in America, and became an itinerant portrait painter among wealthy plantation owners in Maryland and Virginia, possibly purchasing his freedom with his artwork.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

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Joshua Johnson, first known professional portrait painter , United States, oil, professional portrait painter , itinerant portrait painter , Indies, Virginia, West Indies, Oil painting, Portrait painting

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