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The Field Hospital

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In painting "The Field Hospital," Eastman Johnson honored the work performed by women and the United States Sanitary Commission in Union camps and hospitals during the Civil War. Johnson, one of the leading American genre painters of the nineteenth century, often commented on contemporary life...

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Inscription

Lower left: E. Johnson/1867 on packing case at right: U. S. / SANITAR[Y] / COM[MISSION]

Signed

Signed I.I. E. Johnson/1867

Provenance

The artist; George H. Purser, New York, 1868; to Mrs. Ernest Pope, Atlanta, Georgia; with Vose Galleries, Boston, 1946; to Maxim Karolik, 1946; to MFA, 1948, gift of Maxim Karolik.

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

The Letter Home

1867

Dimensions

56.2 x 67.31 cm (22 1/8 x 26 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

48.434

Medium or Technique

Oil on paperboard

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