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The Art of JAMA
October 9, 2013

Study, North Conway, New Hampshire: David Johnson

JAMA. 2013;310(14):1430-1431. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5353

Rock outcroppings dot New Hampshire, and in proximity to the solid slabs of granite dear to the hearts of rock climbers, “on belay” may be heard echoing off rock faces. Appreciation of the craggy terrain had a different angle for painter David Johnson (1827-1908). In his estimation, rock formations merited meticulous artistic effort in recording each crack and cranny. In similar fashion, trees were not an arboreal blur; bark, branches, and leaves would be as precisely portrayed as facial features in a portrait.