SOLD Sketch from Nature: Pear Tree in Blossom, 1874

by David Johnson (1827–1908)
Oil on canvas
20 x 13½ inches
Monogrammed and dated lower right: DJ May 17 / 1874; on verso: Sketch from nature / Pear Tree in / Blossom. / David Johnson / 1874.


M.R. Schweitzer Gallery, New York, New York

Sale, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, New York, December 8, 1983, lot 37

Graham Gallery, New York, New York, acquired from above

Private collection, acquired from above, ca. 1983

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, June 6, 1997, lot 238, from above

Private collection, acquired from above

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, January 18, 2024, lot 280


Gwendolyn Owens, “A Working List of Paintings by David Johnson,” in Nature Transcribed: The Landscapes and Still Lifes of David Johnson (1827-1908) (Ithica, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 1988), 81 (as Study from Nature: Pear Tree and Blossom).

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Oak, 1883, graphite and watercolor on paper, 12⅜ x 19 inches, signed and dated lower right; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Artist Biography

As a second-generation member of the Hudson River School, David Johnson experienced artistic success during the second half of the nineteenth century. The style of his rocky landscape scenes tended to coincide with whatever genre the current art market dictated as on trend, with his later works demonstrating a distinctly luminist influence.

By Chelsea DeLay

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Suggested Resources
VII. Notes

I. Biography

Born in New York City on May 10, 1827, David Johnson went on to become a skilled landscape artist who led a relatively quiet life.[1] Johnson was essentially a self-taught

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