Frank Johnson portrait


Permanent ID:
2293
Date:
1846
Image Description:
Portrait (lithograph from a daguerreotype, 1846) of Francis "Frank" Johnson (1792-1844), an African-American musician and composer.  Johnson was born in Martinique in the West Indies and moved to Philadelphia around 1809, where he became well-known as the leader of a dance orchestra.  His compositions include cotillions, quadrilles, marches, arrangements of operatic arias, and songs, sentimental and patriotic.  Johnson's Military Band of African-American musicians notably played for various military regiments and also supplied the majority share of the music performed during the celebrations of General Lafayette's triumphant return to Philadelphia in 1824.  
Format:
Lithographs