Series II. Photographs and other images

Date:
1875-1918, n.d.

Extent:
18.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

"Photographs and other images," is comprised of three subseries. Portraits of Johnson and his wife Ida make up the "Personal" subseries along with an oversized print of the drawing parlor to their center city home, stamped F. Gutekunst, photographer (Phila.). Haseler Photographic Studios, also of Philadelphia, created most of the images of Johnson. No photographer is identified for any of the fourteen images of Ida contained in the photograph album also included here. It was once in the possession of Ida's son Edward. He, in turn, presented it to a cousin.

While Johnson traveled to Europe many times, including the years after Ida's death, three of their European summer excursions are well documented here. Seven oversized photograph albums hold more than twelve hundred images of the scenic and historic sites Johnson took in with Ida, as well as of the numerous collections of art held in some of Europe's most important museums and private collections. Although the one volume devoted to Norway has no inscribed dedication to Ida as the other six volumes, it is likely she accompanied Johnson on this trip. Like the other volumes, "A Summer in Norway" is handsomely bound in leather, and each image is numbered and captioned by hand.

The third subseries, "Works of art" consists of hundreds of photographs and prints that were likely included in Johnson's extensive library. Many are marked as belonging to a major museum or private collection. Other images supplied by art dealers include prices and other information noted on the verso. It is therefore likely that Johnson may have considered some of the paintings represented for purchase.

Works Consulted:
  • Winkelman, Barnie F.John G. Johnson: Lawyer and Art Collector: 1841-1917.