- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Joshua Johnson, American (probably Baltimore, MD c. 1763, active 1796-1824 probably Baltimore, MD)
- Portrait of a Girl
- Other Titles
- Former Title: Unidentified Lady
- Work Type
- c. 1810-1815
- Physical Descriptions
- Oil on canvas
- 61 x 50.1 cm (24 x 19 3/4 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
- label: A paper label on the wooden backing of the frame reads: "FROM/FITZGERALD'S/Emporium of Fine Arts/No. 5 (5?) N. GAY STREET/ BALTIMORE."
- Bertha Slattery Lieberman, Baltimore, MD; to her son William S. Lieberman, New York, NY; to Washburn Gallery, New York, NY, 1987-2005; Estate of William S. Lieberman, 2005-2007; his bequest to the Fogg Museum, 2007.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of William S. Lieberman
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- European and American Art
- Joshua Johnson is the first documented African-American painter to work in the United States. He was a professional portrait painter who lived in Baltimore, Maryland. His birth and death dates, as well as place of birth and death, are unknown.
- Publication History
Carolyn J. Weekley, Stiles Tuttle Colwill, Leroy Graham, and Mary Ellen Hayward, Joshua Johnson: Freeman and Early American Portrait Painter, exh. cat., Maryland Historical Society (Baltimore, MD, 1987), p. 150, cat. 63, ill.
Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), p. 310, cat. 269, ill.
- Exhibition History
Joshua Johnson: Freeman and Early American Portrait Painter, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, 01/17/1988 - 05/15/1988; Whitney Museum of American Art, 06/18/1988 - 08/25/1988; Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford, CT Branch, 09/09/1988 - 11/09/1988; Maryland Historical Society, 09/26/1987 - 01/03/1988
- Subjects and Contexts
- Verification Level
4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted