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    EASTMAN JOHNSON (American, 1824-1906)
    Self-Portrait in the Costume Worn by Him at the Twelfth Night Celebration at the Country Club, 1899
    Oil on canvas laid on board
    56-1/2 x 43 inches (143.5 x 109.2 cm)
    Signed lower left: E. Johnson

    PROVENANCE:
    Mrs. Eastman Johnson;
    The American Art Galleries Auction, 1907;
    Sebron Shields, Detroit, Michigan;
    Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1907;
    Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Coffey, Birmingham, Michigan, 1971;
    Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York (label verso);
    Private collection, Dallas;
    Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Signature Fine Art, November 20, 2008, lot 63117.

    LITERATURE:
    Catalog of Finished Pictures, Studies and Drawings by the Late Eastman Johnson, N.A., New York, The American Art Association, 1907, illus. frontispiece;
    New York Daily Tribune, Sunday, February 24, 1907, illus.;
    J.T. Flexner, The World of Winslow Homer: 1836-1910, New York, 1966, p.51, illus.;
    P. Hills, Eastman Johnson, New York, 1972, p. 116, illus.;
    J.I.H. Baur, Eastman Johnson, 1824-1906: An American Genre Painter, Brooklyn, 1940;
    P. Hills, The Genre Painting of Eastman Johnson: The Sources and Development of his Style and Themes, New York, 1977;
    A.C. Rose, "Eastman Johnson and the Culture of American Individualism," in T. Carbone and P. Hills, Eastman Johnson: Painting America, exh. cat., Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2000, fig. 108 (illus. black and white, private collection), p. 232.

    In her essay for the catalog accompanying the traveling Eastman Johnson exhibition mounted by the Brooklyn Museum in 2000, Anne C. Rose wrote of this self-portrait: "He [Johnson] showed himself in the Elizabethan clothes that he wore to a party at The Century Association in New York. A member since 1862, he socialized with the city's important men, and his art repeated a message they approved: An educated citizenry promised orderly progress."

    This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work being compiled by Dr. Patricia Hills, and is accompanied by a letter from Dr. Hills.




    Condition Report*: 3.5-inch repair right of figure's collar; small spots of in-painting in figure's hat and in lower left corner; two 3-inch vertical lines of in-painting near center extreme left edge; scattered areas of strengthening along figure's left arm and right edge of jacket; 4-inch horizontal area of strengthening at center extreme bottom edge; quarter-sized area of in-painting along extreme right edge in lower right quadrant; minor frame abrasion along extreme top edge Framed Dimensions 67.5 X 54.5 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2012
    15th Thursday
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