Joshua Johnson

(c.1763-c.1824) was an American biracial painter from the Baltimore area. Johnson, often viewed as the first person of color to make a living as a painter in the United States, is known for his naïve paintings of prominent Maryland residents. It was not until 1939 that the identity of the painter of elite 19th century Baltimoreans was shed to light by art historian and genealogist J. Hall Pleasants, who believed that thirteen portraits were painted by one Joshua Johnson. Pleasants attempted to put the puzzle of Johnson's life together, however, questions on Johnson's race, life dates and even his last name (Johnson or Johnston) remained. These questions remained up until the mid-1990s, when the Maryland Historical Society released newly found manuscripts regarding Johnson's life

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Joshua Johnson John Jacob Anderson and Sons, John and Edward oil painting


John Jacob Anderson and Sons, John and Edward
Painting ID::  71471
Artist: Joshua Johnson
Painting: John Jacob Anderson and Sons, John and Edward
Introduction: between 1812(1812) and 1815(1815) Oil on canvas 76.5 x 100.8 cm (30.12 x 39.68 in)
   
   
     

Joshua Johnson John Jacob Anderson and Sons John and Edward oil painting


John Jacob Anderson and Sons John and Edward
Painting ID::  72645
Artist: Joshua Johnson
Painting: John Jacob Anderson and Sons John and Edward
Introduction: Date between 1812(1812) and 1815(1815) Medium Oil on canvas Dimensions 76.5 X 100.8 cm (30.12 X 39.68 in) cyf
   
   
     

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     (c.1763-c.1824) was an American biracial painter from the Baltimore area. Johnson, often viewed as the first person of color to make a living as a painter in the United States, is known for his naïve paintings of prominent Maryland residents. It was not until 1939 that the identity of the painter of elite 19th century Baltimoreans was shed to light by art historian and genealogist J. Hall Pleasants, who believed that thirteen portraits were painted by one Joshua Johnson. Pleasants attempted to put the puzzle of Johnson's life together, however, questions on Johnson's race, life dates and even his last name (Johnson or Johnston) remained. These questions remained up until the mid-1990s, when the Maryland Historical Society released newly found manuscripts regarding Johnson's life