126dect98 This month's cover
June 2007

John Brewster, Jr., is now considered one of the finest non-academic Early American portraitists. Until Harlan Lane published his monograph in 2004, Brewster wasn't especially well-known. The monograph sparked a traveling exhibit and fresh interest in Brewster. Our cover feature includes an excerpt from the book and a sampling of Brewster's portraits of adults and children. Brewster, who took a year's sabbatical from his work to attend the newly-established "Old Hartford" school (at age 51), charged modest sums for his portraits, moving among well-to-do clientele. At a time when few deaf people had rights or received an education, he enjoyed an unusual degree of independence, and left a legacy of disquieting, hauntingly beautiful portraits.

Photo: Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York

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