Joshua Johnson (1765 - 1865)
DR. ANDREW AITKIN (1757-1809), MRS. ANDREW AITKIN (ELIZABETH AIKEN, 1761-1811) AND HER DAUGHTER, ELIZA AITKIN (1798-1885)
together with an embroidered needlework sampler by the hand of the daughter Eliza, inscribed Eliza Aitken is my name and with my needle I work the same And By This Work you may plainly see The Care my parents took of me / Baltimore November the 19 1804 Aged 6 years.
oil on canvas
Each portrait: 32 by 26 3/4 in.
Descended in the family of Eliza Aitkin (1798-1885), who married Alfred Crawford;
To their son, William Crawford (b. 1825), who married Mary E. Trumble (b. 1834);
To his daughter, Mary Blair Crawford (b. 1855), who married John E. Briscoe;
To their son, William Crawford Briscoe (b. 1892), who married Sophie Gaither Smith (b. 1896);
To the present owner.
Travelling Exhibition, Joshua Johnson: Freeman and Early American Portrait Painter, Baltimore, Maryland, Maryland Historical Society; Colonial Williamsburg, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center; New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art; Stamford, Connecticut, The Whitney Museum of American Art, September 1987-November 1988, cat. no. 29 and 30.
Carolyn Weekley and Stiles Tuttle Colwill, Joshua Johnson: Freeman and Early American Portrait Painter, (Baltimore, Maryland and Colonial Williamsburg: Maryland Historical Society and Addy Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, 1987), p. 124-125, cat no. 29 and 30.