- Patricia Hills
Johnson, Eastman (29 July 1824–05 April 1906), genre and portrait painter, was born Jonathan Eastman Johnson in Lovell, Maine, the son of Philip C. Johnson, a government official, and Mary Chandler. Information about Johnson’s youth and early education is sketchy. In 1827–1828 the family (Johnson was the third of eight siblings) moved to Fryeburg, Maine, and in 1834–1835 to Augusta, Maine, where Philip Johnson held various posts in the state government. According to a family-owned manuscript autobiography by Johnson’s younger brother, Philip C. Johnson, Jr., Eastman lived for a time in Concord, New Hampshire, and then worked in a brother-in-law’s dry goods store in Augusta, “where he manifested a natural taste for drawing and painting.” Art historian ...