The Letter Home, 1867

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This drawing is a study for the painting The Letter Home, 1867, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The nurse is a portrait of Mrs. May, Johnson's sister and wife of Rev. Joseph May of Philadelphia. In a letter from Eastman's wife, Elizabeth Johnson, she suggests that "Camp Hospital at Gettysburg" is the original title. Set in the original wooden frame and bearing medals from the American Sanitary Commission.

The Letter Home
Artist Life
1824 - 1906
Accession Number
E.W. Blatchford; Paul Blatchford (son of E.W. Blatchford), Oak Park, Illinois, 1921; Mrs. Roswell T. Pettit (granddaughter of E.W. Blatchford), Ottowa, Illinois; Dr. George Meyer (physician of Dr. Pettit), 1954. (Schweitzer Gallery, New York, 1974); sold to MIA, 1974.
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