Two Centuries: American Art

Two Centuries: American Art

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Eastman Johnson

Mount Vernon in 1857

Lot Closed

October 6, 06:21 PM GMT


20,000 - 30,000 USD

Lot Details


Eastman Johnson

1824 - 1906

Mount Vernon in 1857

initialed E.J. (lower right) and dated 1858. (lower left)

oil on board 

board: 12 ½ by 19 ½ inches (31.8 by 49.5 cm)

framed: 17 by 24 inches (43.2 by 61 cm)

This work is recorded as number 6.0.2 in the catalogue raisonné of Eastman Johnson's work compiled by Dr. Patricia Hills. It can be accessed at

The artist
Mrs. Eastman Johnson, New York, 1906 (his wife, by descent; sold: American Art Association, New York, Finished Pictures, Studies, and Drawings by the Late Eastman Johnson, February 27, 1907, lot 34)
Ehrich Galleries, New York, by 1936
Mrs. Montgomery Murray, Long Island, New York, by 1939 (sold: Coleman Auction Rooms, New York, December 9, 1939)
Private collection, New Hyde Park, New York, by 1979
By descent to the present owner
New York, The Century Association, Memorial Exhibition of Eastman Johnson, February 1907

The present work was created by Eastman Johnson created the present work during his visit to George Washington’s former estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in 1857. It relates to a companion piece painted that same year, Scene Associated with Mount Vernon (Lot 20), also offered for sale in this auction. According to Dr. Patricia Hills’ catalogue raisonné entry for the present work, the scene depicted was “long believed to be a view of the porter’s lodges erected by Bushrod Washington at the west gate entrance to the estate.” While neither Scene Associated with Mount Vernon (Lot 20) nor the present work are recognizable structures on the estate today the catalogue entry provided by the artist’s wife and published in the artist’s estate sale catalogue in 1907 explains, “This is a study of a broad, grass-grown road at the back of the Mount Vernon mansion, made before the modern improvements were undertaken. On the left is a tall gateway at the corner of a field, and on the right, beyond a characteristic Virginia rail fence, is seen a field of ripe Indian corn, with two buildings in sunlight under great overhanging trees, one of which rises out of the picture. A few clouds drift low in the simple summer sky, and the landscape is in a strong sunlight effect.”