Profile Portrait of Edward Johnson (1878-1959)
Graphite on paper
Overall: 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. ( 19.7 x 14 cm )
signature, inscription and date: lower left: "WHWalker / Dutch Treat Club / Feb 16/31" inscriptions: upper right: "Edward Johnson, Tenor" and lower center: "Edward Johnson"
Signed and inscribed at lower left in graphite: "WHWalker / Dutch Treat Club / Feb. 16/31"; at upper right: "Edward Johnson, Tenor"; signed by sitter in graphite at lower center: "Edward Johnson"
Tenor and opera impresario Edward Johnson was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and came to New York to study music in 1899. He later studied in Italy with Vincenzo Lombardi, the teacher of Enrico Caruso. Using the name Edoardo di Giovanni, he performed in Italy for several years before returning to the U.S. in 1919. From 1922 to 1935 he sang twenty-three roles in two hundred and eight performances with New York's Metropolitan Opera. He became the company's general manager in 1935.
Gift of the Family of William Henry Walker
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