E. Borough JOHNSON<br/>
<em>A Salvation Army shelter</em> 1891 <!-- (recto) --><br />

oil on canvas<br />
61.6 x 97.0 cm<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Purchased, l892<br />
p.399.2-1<br />


A Salvation Army shelter

E. Borough JOHNSON

British art
British art

E. Borough JOHNSON
A Salvation Army shelter 1891

oil on canvas
61.6 × 97.0 cm
inscribed in brown paint l.r.: E. Borrough Johnson. / 1891.
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, l892
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
About this work

One of the most promising students training at Sir Hubert von Herkomer’s art school at Bushey, Hertfordshire, Ernest Borough Johnson exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1887 onwards. Writing about the artist in the Studio in 1898, the critic A. Lys Baldry described this painting as ‘an appallingly faithful representation of an incident in East End life, a ghastly statement of the mental and physical squalor which is the lot of so large a section of our London population’. Borough Johnson noted on the back of this canvas that his painting depicted ‘Private Davy’s Foundation’, which was established in May 1891.

Subjects (general)
Emotions and Mental States Human Figures Relationships and Interactions
Subjects (specific)
charities (nonprofit organisations) charity (philosophical concept) crisis shelters embracing homeless persons poor (people) poverty
Purchased from the artist, on the advice of Hubert Herkomer, for the NGV, 1892.


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