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The Little Convalescent

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During the 1870s, Johnson frequently visited his sister Harriet May and her family, who spent summers on a farm in Kennebunkport, Maine. He often used Harriet's children as models, capturing their carefree play. "The Little Convalescent" is probably a picture of Harriet reading to one of her...

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Lower left: E.J-


The artist; Mrs. Eastman Johnson, his wife; with Eastman Johnson Sale, American Art Association, New York, no. 12, Feb. 26-27, 1907; W.B. Cogswell, Syracuse, New York, 1907; descended to the Misses F. Pearl and Elizabeth Browning, Syracuse, his granddaughters, by 1920; with Norman Hirschl, New York; to MFA, 1940, purchased for $500.

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Frederick Brown Fund

about 1873–79


32.38 x 27.94 cm (12 3/4 x 11 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on paperboard