Florence Griswold Museum, Gift of The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company
Boy Holding a Book, was painted sometime after 1796 when Brewster moved to Baxton, Maine to live with his younger brother between trips to New England. The sharp delineation of the boy's features, his peaceful countenance and the subtle tints of his face are qualities that distinguish Brewster's best work. They give the boy an expressive clarity and directness that makes him endearing. The hermetic stillness of this elegantly compact and self contained image, projects a sense of classical purity, reflected from an aura of light in the background surrounding the figure to dramatize his presence. Brewster's images of the rural and small town society of our young republic have a clarity and presence that make them among the most appealing works of American itinerant folk painters.
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Dimensions: 31 5/8 in. x 27 1/8 in. x 3 in.
Measured by Lansing, Amy
Dimensions: 26 x 22 in.
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