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The New Bonnet

During the 1870s, Johnson found inspiration on Nantucket, a Massachusetts island that preserved reassuring American traditions in an era of change. In an old-fashioned kitchen, a young woman shows off a new plumed hat to her more simply clothed sister. Their father, having returned with the shopper, warms his hands at the fireside and waits for the beverage being prepared by his more restrained daughter. The older man and the humble interior, exuding respect for the past, are in strong counterpoint to the fashionable daughter and her purchase. Johnson’s narrative commemorates time gone by and takes note of rising consumerism.

Credit: Bequest of Collis P. Huntington, 1900...

Oil on academy board
52.7 x 68.6cm
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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