JOHN BREWSTER, Jr.
Handsome Gentleman in Brass-Buttoned Coat.....SOLD
A Published Work.
New England (Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or Maine) ca. 1805-1815. Oil on canvas. John Brewster Jr. (1766-1854) was a deaf-mute raised in a highly cultured family with seven brothers and sisters. He worked as an itinerant portrait painter along the New England coast. As a result of his extraordinary concentration, exemplary artistic skills, and especially his ability to “see” (given that he could not communicate verbally with his subjects), he was able to capture unique portraits that revealed his sitters’ nuanced personalities.
There is a distinctive, rarely equaled quality to Brewster portraits: ethereal, direct, uncomplicated, almost a window into the soul of the sitter. This unidentified gentleman with sandy hair and calm disposition, is formally attired in a dark navy high-collared double-breasted coat with brass buttons, the white patterned high-collared shirt fronted by white tie.
Overall frame size about 32 x 28 inches; site size about 26 ¾ x 22 ¾. Despite a couple of patches on the back, the condition is excellent with very minor in-painting. Relined and new stretcher. Not original yet terrific frame. Provenance: Private Northeast collection, David Wheatcroft. Pictured Plate 20: “A DEAF ARTIST IN EARLY AMERICA, THE WORLDS OF JOHN BREWSTER JR., Harlan Lane. See also (unpictured) THE WORLD OF JOHN BREWSTER JR, Fennimore Art Museum