New England Gentleman
The deaf and dumb son of a prominent doctor in Hampton, Connecticut, John Brewster Jr.Full description »
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
From 1815 (circa) to 1825 (circa)