Writing to Father  1863

by Eastman Johnson

Most of Johnson's Civil War pictures depicted slaves or, as in this canvas of a small boy absorbed in a letter to his absent father, were centered on the home front, measuring the tragedy of the war by the cost to the children left behind. In the charcoal study [1980.475] for this picture, the child appears even younger than he does here. [url=http://www.mfa.org/collection...
30.48 x 23.49 cm (12 x 9 1/4 in.)
Oil on composition board
Public Domain, Courtesy of the MFA Boston