Reuben LeGrande Johnston (American, 1850-1918)
Watercolor on paper, signed.
Johnston was a painter and teacher born in Alexandria, VA in 1850. He studied briefly with Dr. A.J. Volck in Baltimore, but was primarily self-taught in art, developing his skills while traveling and working in England, France, Spain, Tangiers and Morocco.
He was a resident of New York City when he exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1877 and 1880. Two years later he exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, but by 1885 he had returned to Washington, DC, with a studio in the 400 block of New York Avenue, NW. He exhibited again with the National Academy in 1888, at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1888-89, and at the Cosmos Club in 1890.
He was an instructor at the Art Students League of Washington in the early 1890's. A resident of the Washington area until his death, he exhibited his oil and watercolor landscape and animal paintings at the regional and national shows of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Society of Washington Artists. He was a charter member of the latter organization, served on its executive committee, and participated in its exhibitions from 1891 (inaugural) to 1918.
A one-man exhibition of his oils and watercolors was held in 1897 at the V.G. Fischer Gallery in Washington. His wife, Virginia was also an artist. He died in Riverdale, Maryland in 1918. Several of his works were included in the exhibition "The Capital Image" at the National Museum of American Art in 1983-84.
-from McMahon's, The Artists of Washington, DC 1796-1996.
Sight size: 14.75” x 18.25”
Frame size: 23.25” x 26.75”