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    Eastman Johnson (American, 1824-1906)
    Portrait of John C. Chandler and Philip J. Wilson
    Oil on canvas
    21 x 17 inches (53.3 x 43.2 cm)

    Judith Kimball Chandler Johnson (Mrs. James G. Wilson), the artist's sister;
    Philip Johnson Wilson, son of the above;
    Philip Johnson Wilson, Jr., son of the above;
    Mrs. Phoebe Hoss;
    Sotheby's, New York, December 8, 1983, lot 81;
    Private collection, acquired from the above;
    Heritage Auctions, May 11, 2013, lot 64108;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

    Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York, "A Kennedy Galleries Selection of American Art for Public and Private Collectors", April-May 1981, no. 7.

    J.I.H. Bauer, An American Genre Painter, Eastman Johnson, Brooklyn, New York, 1940, no. 160.

    The present work depicts the artist's uncle and nephew.

    This painting will be included in Dr. Patricia Hill's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's works.

    Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000.

    Condition Report*: Wax-lined canvas; minor frame wear visible along top and left edges; under UV exam, appear to be minor flecks of inpainting in both figures' faces and garb, as well as in inner-back of chair at far left and floor near far left bottom edge; also appears to be an approx. 1-inch spot of in-painting on the backside of man's newspaper, an approx. 6-inch, upside down U-shaped area of in-painting between man's feet, and a line of in-painting along man's right leg from his kneecap down that appears to turn into an approx. 2x.5-inch spot of in-painting from his mid-shin to the top of his shoe, but professional varnish layer makes it difficult to read/confirm the possible restorations described above.
    Framed Dimensions 28.75 X 24.5 Inches
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