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Image of Portrait of Moses Quinby 3633



John Brewster


Portrait of Moses Quinby

Creation Date



early 19th century


30 in. x 25 in. (76.2 cm x 63.5 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, American

Medium and Support

oil on canvas

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Candace E. Quinby Maynard


Public Domain

Accession Number

In Portland Porter may have crossed paths with John Brewster Jr., the accomplished itinerant portraitist. Deaf from birth, Brewster was the son of a respected Connecticut doctor who encouraged him to learn to read and write. Exhibiting a talent for painting, Brewster was professionally trained, and his early portraits reflect the style of prominent Connecticut artists, such as Ralph Earl. Brewster lived for extended periods with his brother in Buxton, Maine and traveled to Portland, Saco, and Kennebunk, where he served a wide range of clients, including Moses Quinby, a graduate of Bowdoin’s first class in 1806.

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