Portrait of Genio C. Scott

Portrait of Genio C. Scott


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

Fun Fact

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


Johnson painted this portrait soon after settling in New York. He had spent much of the previous decade studying at the esteemed art academy in Düsseldorf, Germany, followed by an extended stay in Holland and a briefer visit to France.

Scott was a highly successful fashion illustrator and publisher, but his true passion was fly-fishing, which he regarded as "one of the highest enjoyments in life." Details in his portrait reveal his 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.

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