New England Gentleman

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Description

The deaf and dumb son of a prominent doctor in Hampton, Connecticut, John Brewster Jr.

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The deaf and dumb son of a prominent doctor in Hampton, Connecticut, John Brewster Jr. was encouraged to make the most of his artistic talents from an early age. He began by painting portraits of his family. By 1796, he was self-sufficient; travelling Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and eastern New York state in search of commissions.

'Allis donated this compelling portrait by Brewster to the American Museum in memory of Judkyn after he was killed in a motor accident in the summer of 1963 – just days after his fiftieth birthday. She did so because the piercing gaze of Brewster’s unknown gentlemen apparently mirrored that of her much mourned friend and fellow folk art enthusiast. To echo a parliamentary expression, ‘the eyes have it.’' Laura Beresford, Curator (former), AMIB

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Dated

From 1815 (circa) to 1825 (circa)

Keywords

portraits, ,

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Materials

» oil paint (paint)
» canvas

Technique

» painting (image-making)

Production place

» New England

Collection

» Folk Art Collection

Dimensions

72.5x63cm

Object number

1963.146

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