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American and European Figurative Paintings

Eastman Johnson

American (1824-1906)

Crossing a Stream, 1866
Oil on board, 21 1/8 x 17 inches

Signed and dated E. Johnson/66 lower right

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The artist.
General Benjamin Rush Cowen, Washington, D.C.,1870s
Mrs. William Wyatt Breckinridge, granddaughter of the above, Montrose, Alabama, by descent, by 1954
Mrs. J.A. Barnard, New York
Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York
Private collection, New York, acquired from the above, 1964
Babcock Galleries, New York
Private collection, Massachusetts, acquired from the above, 2000
By descent to a prominent New England Collector


H.T. Tuckerman, Book of the Artists, New York, 1870, p. 471.

C.E. Clement and L. Hutton, Artists of the Nineteenth Century and Their Works, vol. 2, Boston, Massachusetts, 1889, p. 11.

P. Hills, The Genre Painting of Eastman Johnson: The Sources and Development of His Style and Themes, New York, 1977, p. 135 (as Pig-a-Back).


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Artist’s Fund Society, February 1867, no. 71 (as Crossing the Brook).

New York, Kennedy Galleries, Inc., American Masters: 18th and 19th Centuries, March 14-April 7, 1973, p. 30, no. 27, illustrated (as Crossing the Brook).

New York, Kennedy Galleries, Inc., Art of America: Selected Painting and Sculpture 1770-1981, November 11, 1981-January 15, 1982, no. 4, ill.

New York, Babcock Galleries, From Light of Distant Skies: A Selection of 19th Century American Paintings, April 8-August 11, 2010, no. 8

New York, Driscoll Babcock Galleries, Refuge and Remembrance: Landscape Painting in the Civil War Era, May 16-June 22, 2013.


This picture will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonne being compiled by Dr. Patricia Hills and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity.

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