Eastman Johnson (American, 1824-1906)
Likeness of Philip J. Wilson as a Young Child, and Letters from Eastman Johnson
Portrait dated "Mch.16.56" l.c., inscribed "Likeness of/P.J. Wilson/by E. Johnson" in pencil on the reverse.
Graphite on paper (the reverse of a page from an illustrated times tables rhyme), 7 7/8 x 6 in. (19.8 x 15.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Sheet trimmed to an irregular oval, affixed to the window mat with glue to top and bottom of the recto, tear (1 3/8 in.) to c.r. stabilized with tape, other small tears to edges, toning, pale foxing, creasing.
Provenance: By descent in the family of Judith Johnson Wilson, sister of Eastman Johnson, over five generations.
N.B. The accompanying letters are addressed to "Phil," the artist's nephew and subject of the portrait, son of Johnson's sister Judith, who grew up to be Philip Johnson Wilson Sr. (1854-1926). The letters were written by Eastman Johnson from Nantucket, New Bedford (Massachusetts), Seville, Gibraltar, Tangier, and Paris, and signed with the initials "E.J." The years specifically recorded are 1897 and 1898, but some of the letters bear only the month and day. The Seville "letter" is written on a page from a bullfight program in which Johnson expressed his distress at the "frightful exhibition of incredible cruelty."
Image size is 5 x 3 3/4 in. Oval opening in mat is 6 x 4 in.
Framed dimensions are 12 x 9 3/8 x 1 5/8 in.
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