Not at Home
The painting’s title may seem curious, especially since there is clearly someone in this comfortably furnished domestic interior. In the past, however, the phrase “not at home” indicated that the occupants of the house were not available to receive visitors. This painting held a particularly personal meaning for Eastman Johnson; it is his wife, Elizabeth, whom we see climbing the stairs leading to more private areas of their residence on Manhattan’s West Fifty-fifth Street.
- Artist: Eastman Johnson, American, 1824-1906
- Medium: Oil on laminated paperboard
- Dates: ca. 1873
- Dimensions: 26 7/16 x 22 5/16 in. (67.1 x 56.7 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed verso in cursive: "E. Johnson"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 40.60
- Credit Line: Gift of Gwendolyn O. L. Conkling
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Eastman Johnson (American, 1824-1906). Not at Home, ca. 1873. Oil on laminated paperboard, 26 7/16 x 22 5/16 in. (67.1 x 56.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Gwendolyn O. L. Conkling, 40.60
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)