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Edward Johnson


Three-quarter length seated portrait of Edward Johnson (1767-1829). He is portrayed as a man with short wavy gray hair, with one lock brushed over forehead. He wears black coat, pants, and vest over a white shirt. He props his proper right elbow and arm on a table covered with a green cloth. Johnson was a lifelong Marylander and longtime brewery owner. He served as mayor of Baltimore during the War of 1812, as well as four terms in office (1808-1816, 1819-1820, 1822-1824).




Oil on canvas


Painting: 37 H x 31 W inches; Frame: 42 H x 36 W inches

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This portrait is part of a series entitled "The Defenders" that was commissioned from Rembrandt Peale by the City Council of Baltimore following the War of 1812.

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Baltimore City Life Collection, lent by Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

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Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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