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Eastman Johnson"Marguerite (Daisy) Leiter", Aged 5 Years, 1884
This pieces, signed & dated LL is of Daisy Hyde Leiter the younger daughter of the co-founder of the Marshall Field Department Store chain, depicted here at age 5. A native of Lovell, Maine and raised in Augusta, Eastman Johnson earned a reputation as a renowned painter of sentimental genre. He moved to Washington, D.C., where he was commissioned to draw the portraits of a number of that city's prominent citizens, including Dolly Madison and John Quincy Adams. Other opportunities for portrait commissions brought him back to Boston, where he drew the likenesses of some of the nation's well-known romantic poets: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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