Brief Biography-Mather Brown was born in Boston. He was a descendant of Cotton Mather the New England Puritan Minister famous for the Salem witch trials. He was tutored by the portraitist Gilbert Stuart when he was a boy of twelve and later trained under Benjamin West in London before becoming a student at the Royal Academy. West had a lasting influence on his works.
He set up studio in 1784 and went through a period of relative success painting portraits of nobility. He became portrait painter to the Duke of York and the Prince of Wales. After a few years he turned to religious and history painting which initiated a lengthy downturn in his fortunes. It is said he unfortunately died a poor man in London.
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