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FSK from Home — From Slave to “Self-Taught Genius”: Joshua Johnson the Fells Point Portraitist

Joshua Johnson is recognized as one of the first professional African American portraitists in the United States. An interesting aspect of his work in the early Republic was the patronage he received from the newly emerging merchant class in Baltimore during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In this behind-the-scenes conversation with Mark Letzer, MCHC President & CEO, learn more about the people Johnson painted in his Fells Point community, and explore the nationally significant collection of Joshua Johnson portraits at MCHC. Joining Mark will be guests David Taft Terry, PhD, Associate Professor of History at Morgan State University, and Daniel Fulco, PhD, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Curator.

FSK from Home is the virtual offering of our traditional Francis Scott Key Lecture Series.

This virtual program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is required. After registering, an automated confirmation email will provide connection instructions. 

Image: Rebecca Myring Everette (Mrs. Thomas Everette) and her Children, by Joshua Johnson, c. 1818. Maryland Center for History and Culture, Bequest of Miss Mary Augusta Clarke, 1976.96.4


The entrance sign looking into the courtyard at the Maryland Center for History and Culture.


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