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Lot 75 : JOHN BREWSTER, JR. (Connecticut/Maine, 1766-1854)

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JOHN BREWSTER, JR. (Connecticut/Maine, 1766-1854)
portrait of the artist's sister, Betsy Avery Brewster (1798-1838)
her sister, Sohpia, was sold by CRN Auctions, 10/24/21
31 by 22.25 in.; framed 34 by 25 in.
On reverse a facsimile of script signature from upper left corner
J. Brewster lummer
Collection of G.W. Samaha
On loan to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2001 for their exhibit " American Folk". A letter from the MFA and their wall label for the painting is included.
Brewster, a deaf itinerant painter, interrupted his career from 1817 to 1820 to learn sign language at the first and newly opened school for the deaf, the Connecticut Asylum in Hartford, Connecticut, now known as the American School for the Deaf.
Brewster, at age 51, was the oldest in a class of seven, the average age being 19. This was the first class at the school which witnessed the birth of American sign language.

Estimate: $200,000 - $300,000
Realized: $750,000 - Excluding Buyer's Premium

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