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David Claypoole Johnston

Johnston's Original Drawings


The American Antiquarian Society has quite an extensive collection of Johnston's original drawings, including pen, pencil, and chalk drawings. Many of these were sketches that he later developed into engravings, lithographs, or watercolors. Click to enlarge.


Outdoor Gymnasium, 1826
original pen sketch



lithograph based on original pen sketch


A Grave Mistake
version one, pencil sketch


A Grave Mistake
version two, pencil sketch

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Tap Room Scene
pencil sketch

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Six O'Clock in the Morning, 185-?
Chalk drawing


A Stunner original pencil sketch

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A Stunner
Final state of six state progression of engravings based on original sketch


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Outdoor Gymnasium A Grave Mistake A Grave Mistake Tap Room Scene Untitled chalk drawing A Stunner Introduction Johnston's Satirical Influence Johnston's Five States Johnston's Watercolors Johnston's Drawings Johnston's Theatrical Influence Johnston's Political Influence Johnston's Publications Acknowledgements Bibliography Collection