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November 25, 2009

Feeding the Turkey

JAMA. 2009;302(20):2186. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1627

Eastman Johnson (1824-1906) was born into a well-connected political family in Lovell, Maine. He left school at age 15 to work in a country store, but after an unhappy year there his father apprenticed him to a Boston lithographer, where he designed titles for books and sheet music. In the process of lithography, a greasy crayon-like drawing tool is used to make letters and line drawings on stone forms, for use in printing batches of paper copies for subsequent binding. Johnson found this work more to his liking, but after a year in Boston he returned to his father's home and began to make portraits of local citizens in charcoal and pastel crayon. What he lacked in formal training, he made up for in natural talent.

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