Harry John Johnson was a landscape painter born in Birmingham, the eldest son of artist W.B Johnson. Following his studies at the Birmingham Society of Art under the tutelage of Samuel Lines, Johnson accompanied William Müller on the Lycian expedition from 1843-44. Johnson produced at least three volumes of sketches during his time in Lycia.
Upon his return to Britain in 1844, Johnson began working at Müller’s Clipstone St Studio in London. The following year Johnson exhibited Rock tomb, Asia Minor, looking across the valley of the Xanthus at the Royal Academy. He was to exhibit 25 more paintings at the Academy during his lifetime, including An autumn evening in the Bay of Monaco in 1851, as well as Stonehenge in 1871. From 1857 Johnson removed his middle name from his signature and instead went by the name Harry Johnson, the first painting under that name being exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1859, Hierapolis, Asia Minor. “I will make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water”.
Johnson was elected Associate to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1868, exhibiting 27 paintings at the Institute. He also exhibited three works at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, and eight works at both the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. His studio sale was held at Christie’s on March 5th, 1885, following his death in 1884.
Harry John Johnson RI.
The Path under the Arbour in the Italian Lake District
31 x 47 cm
Signed & dated 1863