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975

IMPORTANT AMERICAN FOLK ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF BOBBI AND RALPH TERKOWITZ

John Brewster Jr. (1766 - 1854)
PAIR OF PORTRAITS: MATTHEW AND LUCINDA ROBBIN
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 USD
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975

IMPORTANT AMERICAN FOLK ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF BOBBI AND RALPH TERKOWITZ

John Brewster Jr. (1766 - 1854)
PAIR OF PORTRAITS: MATTHEW AND LUCINDA ROBBIN
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Important Americana

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John Brewster Jr. (1766 - 1854)
PAIR OF PORTRAITS: MATTHEW AND LUCINDA ROBBIN
Oil on bed ticking
Matthew 30 1/4 by 25 in.; Lucinda 30 by 25 in.
Circa 1830
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Provenance

The Garbisch Collection at the Sky Club, New York;
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints: Including the Garbisch Collection at the Sky Club, January 20, 2006, sale 1617, lot 310;
Roberto Freitas American Antiques & Decorative Arts, Stonington, Connecticut.

Literature

Roberto Freitas Advertisement, Antiques and Fine Art Magazine, Autumn/Winter 2007, p. 79.

Catalogue Note

Encouraged by his parents, Brewster studied under an established portrait painter, the Reverend Joseph Steward.  He painted portraits for friends and family beginning in the 1790s and travelled and earned a living as an itinerant painter in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and parts of New York.

In 1817 Brewster enrolled in the Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons in Hartford (Brewster was born deaf).  There he learned methods of non-verbal communication.  He returned to Maine in 1820 and resumed his career in painting portraits.

Beginning in 1805, he often signed and dated his portraits and gave up painting large compositions and concentrated on busts and half length portraits such as the example of Matthew and Lucinda Robbin.

Important Americana

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New York