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JOHNSON, Samuel Frost, artist, born in New York city, 9 November, 1835. He began the study of art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and continued it in the antique and life schools of the National academy of design in New York, in the Art academy of Dusseldorf in 1859-'61, and afterward in the Academy of Saint Luke at Antwerp, and the Ecole des beaux arts in Paris. In 1865-'9 he was a pupil of Edward Free at Ecouen. After painting for some time in London he returned to New York, and was a professor in the art schools of the Metropolitan museum in 1883-'5, also teaching science and art classes at St. John's college, Pordham, in 1884-'5. His representations of still-life, and his studies of heads, mostly taken abroad, have been highly praised. His works include "Les Potatoes," shown at the Paris salon of 1869; "Good Night" (1876); "Love Me, Love Me Not"; "Does Your Mother Know You're Out?"; "Stitch in Time"; "Young Ornithologist" (1879); "After Rain" (1880); "Moorland Landscape" (1881); a portrait of Cardinal McCloskey, and one of Lady Helen Blackwood, daughter of Lord Dufferin, the color effects in which have been highly praised. He is now (1887) engaged in painting a large altar-piece, representing "The Last Supper," on the walls of St. Cecilia's church, New York city.
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