Portrait of Genio C. Scott

Portrait of Genio C. Scott

1859

Eastman Johnson

(American, 1824-1906)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 102.3 x 127 cm (40 1/4 x 50 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1965.475

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Genio Scott's detailed writings describing 19th-century fish distribution remain highly useful for present-day conservationists.

Description

Johnson portrayed Genio Scott as a gentleman of means wearing an informal, yet stylish robe in his New York residence decorated with art. Scott had a successful career as a women’s fashion illustrator and magazine publisher, but his true passion was fly-fishing. Specific details in the portrait reveal the sitter’s attachment to the sport: two fishing poles lean on the wall at the right; three tied flies lie on the table at the left; and a fourth is held in his hand, ready to be placed in his leather-bound fishing wallet.

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