Cyrus Johnson was a landscape, genre and miniature portrait painter.
Johnson, who was educated at Perse Grammar School in Cambridge, gained considerable success as a miniaturist. His sitters included Sir John Duckworth, R. Neville Granville, Rt. Hon. Edward Gibson and Lord Ebury. In 1887 he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.
Johnson was an active exhibitor from 1871, showing in London at the above institutions, as well as at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Fine Art Society, Grosvenor Gallery, Agnew and Sons Gallery and Society of British Artists, a society which elected JW its President in 1886. He also exhibited at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Walker Gallery in Liverpool, Royal Hibernian Academy, and Manchester City Art Gallery.
Johnson was amongst those proposed invitees to a dinner organised by W. C. Symons to congratulate JW on becoming an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, a dinner which was to be held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889 (#05635).
Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Wood, Christopher, Dictionary of Victorian Artists, Woodbridge, 1971; Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980.