John Brewster Junior

1766-1854 America

 

Brief Biography-John Brewster was from Hampton, Connecticut and was the third born of seven children. He was born a deaf-mute and was taught to paint by a minister. In 1795, he joined his brother Dr. Royal Brewster in Buxton Maine; from that base, he travelled the north-east as an itinerant artist, painting portraits for wealthy families, mostly of their children.
His deafness it is said to have led to a more responsive perception of facial expressions which is evident in his paintings. He was influenced by the work of Ralph Earl who had toned down the ostentatious styles of noted portraitists to a more modest depiction of sitters.
He resided in his brothers house for the remainder of his life and was one of the first to join the American School for the Deaf, there he learned the new American Sign Language.
He is regarded as one of the most celebrated portraitists of North America.

 

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Comfort
Starr Mygatt

Comfort Starr Mygatt and his Daughter Lucy

Mother with
Son George

Mother with Son George

Boy with
Finch

Boy with Finch

Mary
Coffin

Mary Coffin

John Cox of
Bridgeton-

Portrait of John Cox of Bridgeton-Maine

Woman in
Grey Dress

Woman in Grey Dress

Boy and
Book

Boy and Book

Sarah C
Thornton

Sarah Cogswell Thornton

Sophia
Brewster

Sophia Brewster

Elizabeth
Wallingford

Elizabeth Abigail Wallingford

John Brewster
and Ruth Avery

John Brewster and Ruth Avery Brewster

One
Shoe Off

One Shoe Off

Francis O
Watts

Francis O Watts With Bird

Boy with
Book

Boy with Book

Child with
a Peach

Child with a Peach

Mrs Thomas
Cutts

Mrs Thomas Cutts

James Prince and
Son-William Henry

James Prince and Son-William Henry

Captain Daniel
Tyler

Captain Daniel Tyler