A Noted European Collector, Christie's London, 17 October 1977, lot 3
Property from the Collection of
WALTER J. JOHNSON
Walter J. Johnson was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1908. After completing his studies at the University of Heidelberg, the Sorbonne, Paris and University College, London, he joined his family's Leipzig scientific publishing company, Akademisch Verlags Gesellschaft & Gustav, becoming the fifth generation of his family to work in this business.
Mr. Johnson emigrated to the United States and, soon after his arrival, founded Academic Press in New York and London. Academic Press continued to publish most of the Nobel Laureates of science, many of whom were regular guests in the Johnson home.
Walter J. Johnson was raised in a milieu of cultural sophistication, academic interests and collecting. The family tradition of collecting, together with Mr. Johnson's love of rare books and his knowledge of the history of printing and publishing, evolved into an interest in the etching's of Rembrandt, whom Mr. Johnson considered to be the greatest of all artists.
It was always Walter Johnson's intention that his Collections be dispersed at auction. He immensely enjoyed the pursuit and acquisition of the objects in them and liked to think of these works giving pleasure to later generations of collectors. Prints by Rembrandt from the Collection of Walter J. Johnson will be offered for sale 13 May 1997. His impressionist and modern paintings will be included in the sale of Impressionist and Modern Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, Part II to be held two days later.