Katherine Hemmick Johnson
Alice Pike Barney Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1857 Died: Los Angeles, California 1931 pastel on paper mounted on canvas 42 1/8 x 28 in. (107.0 x 71.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Patricia Highleyman Daly 1982.79 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
Alice Pike Barney created several portraits of her friends and associates in Washington, D.C., documenting the lifestyles of contemporary polite society. Katharine Hemmick Johnson (1880–1955) was the daughter of the consul to Geneva, Switzerland. After attending school in Paris, she moved to D.C. to live with her aunt and uncle. An active participant on the social scene, Johnson made her societal debut in the early 1900s and attended dances at the White House. At one such party, she met her future husband, Oliver Hazard Perry Johnson, then director of the National Metropolitan Bank. The two married in 1903. Johnson and Barney, who were neighbors in Northwest D.C., became friends and sisters-in-law—Barney was married to Johnson's brother, Christian Hemmick, for nine years. In 1916, Johnson took part in Barney's production of War to Peace, a pacifist tableau, and also helped her entertain guests at Studio House, Barney's uniquely beautiful arts center, built in 1902 on Sheridan Circle in Washington.
Object - flower
Portrait female - Johnson, Katherine Hemmick - knee length
crayon - pastel
fabric - canvas