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David Johnson (1827-1908)
David Johnson (1827-1908)

Natural Bridge, Virginia

Details
David Johnson (1827-1908)
Natural Bridge, Virginia
signed and dated 'David Johnson/1861' and inscribed with title (on the reverse)
oil on paper laid down on board
4¾ x 3¾ in. (12.1 x 9.5 cm.), oval
Provenance
The artist.
Samuel P. Avery, New York, acquired from the above, by 1865.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., by 1985.
Manoogian Collection, Detroit, Michigan.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
Literature
K. Sharp, J. Wilmerding, For Spacious Skies: Hudson River School Paintings from The Henry and Sharon Martin Collection, New Britain, Connecticut, 2005, pp. 56-59, illustrated.
K. Sharp, Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era, Memphis, Tennessee, 2009, pp. 52-53, illustrated.
Exhibited
New Britain, Connecticut, New Britain Museum of American Art, For Spacious Skies: Hudson River School Paintings from the Henry and Sharon Martin Collection, June 10-September 25, 2005, no. 10.
New York, National Academy Museum, For Spacious Skies: Hudson River School Paintings from the Henry and Sharon Martin Collection, February 9-April 30, 2006, no. 10.
Memphis, Tennessee, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era, July 5-October 4, 2009.
Katonah, New York, Katonah Museum of Art, Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era, October 18, 2009-January 24, 2010.

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Lot Essay

The present work is one of only three known paintings of Southern subjects by David Johnson and was used as the basis for a reproductive engraving by Samuel V. Hunt. It relates to the larger oil painting of 1860, The Natural Bridge of Virginia, formerly in the collection of Jo Ann and Julian Ganz, Jr., Los Angeles, California.

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