Mather Brown (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1761–1831 London)
Oil on canvas
50 x 40 1/4 in. (127 x 102.2 cm)
Gift of Caroline Newhouse, 1965
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Mather Brown was born in Boston, son of a clockmaker and descendent of several famous New England divines, including Cotton Mather and Increase Mather. After working as an itinerant portraitist in New England, Brown went to London in 1780 to study with Benjamin West. He became a fashionable portraitist in various provincial English cities. The stylishly dressed young girl looks up from her music at the piano, which bears the 1797 label of the London firm of Kirkman.
Signature: [at lower left]: M. Brown / 1801
with Michael Harvard, London; J. Mitchell, London, until 1953; with Schweitzer Gallery, New York, 1953–1957; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Newhouse, New York, 1957–1965