John Brewster Junior
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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