Description In this work, Johnson's last dated painting of everyday life, a group of elderly men, seated around a stove in a cobbler's shop, reminisces about the past. Two years after the picture was completed, Johnson identified the philosophers: Captain Haggerty, the shoemaker; Captain Moore, the talker; and on the left, leaning on his hand, Captain Ray. The other captains, he noted, were by then already deceased. Like a number of his fellow genre painters, the Boston artist trained abroad in Düsseldorf, Germany, and later at The Hague in the Netherlands, where he became familiar with Dutch 17th-century art. Between 1870 and 1887, Johnson spent the summer and autumn months working in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
|10/01/1944||Treatment||cleaned; coated; examined for exhibition; filled; inpainted; lined; reconstructed; surface cleaned|
- Revisiting the White City: American Art at the 1893 World's Fair. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington. 1993.
- Eastman Johnson: Painting America. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle. 1999-2000.
- The American Artist as Painter and Draftsman. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2001.
Provenance Acquired by Edward D. Adams, New York. Acquired by Knoedler and Co., New York; Sale, Knoedler and Co., New York, April 5, 1924 ; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.  Ed King's Notebook, Walters-Anderson Correspondence, etc. list this date as April 3, 1924 conflicting the date of the Knoedler and Co. Sale
Inscriptions Signed and dated, lower right: E. Johnson 1887.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924
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