Three Dutch Figures
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.
- Artist: Eastman Johnson, American, 1824-1906
- Medium: Graphite, watercolor and white chalk on brown, medium weight, moderately textured wove paper
- Dates: ca. 1852
- Dimensions: 6 1/2 x 10 7/8 in. (16.5 x 27.6 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"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1990.101.6a-b
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- 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 x 10 7/8 in. (16.5 x 27.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 1990.101.6a-b
- Record Completeness: Good (70%)