Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1988
Not on view
Born in West Virginia, Johnston studied drawing and painting at the Académie Julien in Paris before returning to America to take up photography. She excelled in architectural documentation, portraiture, and especially school scenes. This photograph, commissioned by the school system of Washington, D.C. school system, reveals her exceptional talent for orchestrating a classroom to articulate the values of measure, order, and incipient grace that a classical artist or schoolmarm might impose. The picture is blue because it was printed using a variation of the blueprint process that architects employed until recently to duplicate their line drawings.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on print, recto LR: "302";
Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 29," May 21, 2001–September 23, 2001.
Artist: John Dillwyn Llewelyn (British, Swansea, Wales 1810–1882 Swansea, Wales)Date: 1853–56Medium: 128 salted paper prints and albumen silver prints from paper and glass negativesAccession: 2005.100.382 (1-85)On view in:Gallery 852