Not at Home
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890
The painting’s title may seem curious, especially since there is clearly someone in this comfortably furnished domestic interior. In the past, however, the phrase “not at home” indicated that the occupants of the house were not available to receive visitors.
This painting held a particularly personal meaning for Eastman Johnson. It shows his wife, Elizabeth, climbing the stairs leading to more private areas of their residence on Manhattan’s West Fifty-fifth Street.
Oil on laminated paperboard
26 7/16 x 22 5/16 in. (67.1 x 56.7 cm)
frame: 42 7/16 x 38 5/16 x 5 1/2 in. (107.8 x 97.3 x 14 cm) (show scale)
Signed verso in cursive: "E. Johnson"
Gift of Gwendolyn O. L. Conkling
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Eastman Johnson (American, 1824-1906). Not at Home, ca. 1873. Oil on laminated paperboard, 26 7/16 x 22 5/16 in. (67.1 x 56.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Gwendolyn O. L. Conkling, 40.60 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 40.60_cropped_SL1.jpg)
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