11-01-2003 11-01-2003
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2241 Boston
November 1, 2003 11:00AMCalender
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Attributed to John Brewster Jr., (American, 1766-1854) Pair of Portraits of Dr. James Hall and His Wife Lavinia.

 
Auction: Sale #2241 - 2241 Location: Boston Date / Time: November 01, 2003 11:00AM

Description:

Attributed to John Brewster Jr., (American, 1766-1854)

Pair of Portraits of Dr. James Hall and His Wife Lavinia. Unsigned. Circa 1800-1815. Oil on canvas, Lavinia wears a lace bonnet and collar, John wears a black jacket with a white jabot and cravat, 25 x 20 in., in period frames. Condition: Professionally conserved.

Note: John Brewster was born in Hampton, Connecticut. He was a deaf-mute who worked successfully as an itinerant portrait painter along the New England coast. He learned to communicate through writing. In 1817 he enrolled as a member of the first class of the Connecticut Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb in Hartford where he learned lip reading and speech. He spent his last years in Buxton, Maine. Included in the lot is a photocopied note from a descendant of the Halls relating the location of these paintings as they were passed from one family member to another.
Estimate $20,000-25,000

Keywords

John Brewster, John Brewster Jr., James Hall, Hampton, Connecticut, itinerant portrait painter , New England coast, New England, Buxton, Maine, family member