Henrietta De Beaulieu Dering Johnston
(c. 1674 - 1729)
Henrietta De Beaulieu Dering Johnston was active/lived in South Carolina / Ireland. Henrietta Johnston is known for pastel portrait, architectural.
Biography Henrietta De Beaulieu Dering Johnston
Born in Dublin, Ireland to a French Huguenot family, Henrietta Johnston
was America's first pastel painter, doing nearly forty portraits of
prominent people in Charleston, South Carolina. Her body of work
is an important documentary of leading people in an important area in
American history, and about 30 of her works survive.
Since pastels were not available in America when she arrived, she
obviously brought supplies with her. She used 9 x 12 sheets of
paper and put the paintings in wooden frames that she signed, dated and
wrote location. Her portrait faces are fairly realistic
likenesses, but the bodies are stiff in appearance, perhaps painted
from the wooden arms that were found in her effects.
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