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Accession Number: 1983.2943.0

Entitled: Alexander Soule Johnson

Physical Description: Three-quarter length portrait of front-facing man with brown eyes, white hair, pointed beard and mustache, and bald forehead. He wears a black suit with a white shirt, black bow tie, and watch chain. Painted against a plain tan/brown background. Canvas measures 3ft. 1. in. x 2 ft. 5.5 in. Incised gold-painted wood frame with plaster scrollwork along the exterior.

History of Object: This was painting was donated by the Topeka Club with the contents of accession 1924.35, and portrait 1983.2870. The subject, Alexander Soule Johnson (1832-1904) was the son of Rev. Thomas Johnson who operated the Shawnee Methodist Mission in Johnson County, Kansas. He worked as a land surveyor in Johnson County, land commissioner with the Fort Scott & Gulf Railroad, and surveyor, appraiser, land and tax commissioner of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway land grant. Johnson served during the Civil War as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Thirteenth Infantry, Kansas State Militia, and participated in the Price Raid. He was a lawyer and member of the first territorial legislature. He also served in the state legislature for 1866-67. The artist, Jerome S. Uhl (1842-1916), was a painter from Cincinnati, Ohio, who studied in Paris under Colin, Chavannes and Duran and exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1894 and 1895, in Berlin in 1899, and at the Hapsburg Royal Exhibition in Vienna in 1899. He painted portraits of a number of prominent Americans including Grover Cleveland and Ulysses S. Grant, as well as prominent Topekans and Topeka Club members Armin Fassler and Charles Blood Smith. The majority of his paintings are in Ohio and Washington D.C.

Date: 1906

Dimensions (in cm): 182.90 (H) 125.00 (W) 6.40 (D) H: 48"; W: 40"; D: 2 1/2"

Marks/Inscriptions: [in black on canvas at upper left] S. Jerome . Uhl . / May / 10th W / 1906

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Shawnee County (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Topeka (Kan.)
    Activity / Occupation: Politics
    Event: Price Raid, Battle of, 1864
    Activity / Occupation: Surveyors
    Use, Place of: Kansas Territory
    Individual: Johnson, Alexander Soule, 1832-1904
    Business / Organization: Kansas Legislature
    Business / Organization: Topeka Club
    Individual: Uhl, S. Jerome, 1832-1904
    Business / Organization: 13th Kansas Infantry Militia
    Business / Organization: Thirteenth Kansas Infantry Militia

Creators and Contributors

    Uhl, S. Jerome

Status: Inventoried

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