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The Nantucket School of Philosophy

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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.
Date Description Narrative
10/01/1944Treatmentcleaned; 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 [1]; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] 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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oil on panel
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H: 23 1/4 x W: 31 11/16 in. (59 x 80.5 cm); framed: H: 34 3/4 x W: 43 1/4 x D: 2 1/2 in. (88.3 x 109.9 x 6.4 cm)
  • USA, Massachusetts, Nantucket (Place Depicted)
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Not On View


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