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Three Dutch Figures

Eastman Johnson

American Art

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This sheet contains preparatory figure studies for a genre painting of peasants begging for alms at the door of a castle. Eastman Johnson’s handling of the medium enhances his characterization: the loose, energetic quality of his line conveys the nervous desperation and bedraggled appearance of the beggars.
MEDIUM Graphite, watercolor and white chalk on brown, medium weight, moderately textured wove paper
DATES ca. 1852
DIMENSIONS 6 1/2 × 10 7/8 in. (16.5 × 27.6 cm) frame: 15 3/8 × 20 1/4 × 1 3/4 in. (39.1 × 51.4 × 4.4 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed in graphite, lower lef, on rectot: "E.J."
INSCRIPTIONS On verso, color key inscribed in graphite, lower left (artist's hand): "62" and "1 blk & red / 2 red / 3 blk / 4 blue" On verso, inscribed in graphite, upper right (different hand): "P433-18"
ACCESSION NUMBER 1990.101.6a-b
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Eastman Johnson (American, 1824–1906). Three Dutch Figures, ca. 1852. Graphite, watercolor and white chalk on brown, medium weight, moderately textured wove paper, 6 1/2 × 10 7/8 in. (16.5 × 27.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 1990.101.6a-b (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1990.101.6_PS6.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1990.101.6_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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