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Mather Brown (1761-1831), Portrait and history painter

Artist associated with 28 portraits
Mather Brown was an American portrait and history painter active in England. Born in Boston, he arrived in London in 1781 and entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1782. He began to exhibit there a year later, and set up a portrait painting practice in London. Brown painted the portraits of many American sitters including Thomas Jefferson and his patron John Adams. The full-length portrait of Prince Frederick Augustus that Brown painted led to his appointment as history and portrait painter to his sitter, later the Duke of York. He also portrayed the Prince of Wales, later George IV, in fancy dress. Brown dedicated his later years to his true inclination, which was devotional and history subjects.

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John Howard

by Mather Brown
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (1789)
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Henry Angelo

by Mather Brown
oil on canvas, circa 1790
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Margaret Martyr (née Thornton)

by and published by John Dean, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 26 May 1786
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John Bannister

by and published by John Raphael Smith, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 1787
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John Bannister

by John Raphael Smith, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 1787
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D4132

Monsieur de St George

after William Ward, after Mather Brown
reproduction of mezzotint, original published 1788
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John Howard

by Edmund Scott, after Mather Brown
stipple engraving, (1789)
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John Howard

by Edmund Scott, after Mather Brown
stipple engraving, (1789)
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Charles Bannister

by and published by John Raphael Smith, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 1789
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D38522

The Revd William Walter D.D.

by and published by Charles Howard Hodges, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, before 1790
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D4960

Sir George Yonge, 5th Bt

by Edmund Scott, published by Samuel William Fores, after Mather Brown
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1 May 1790
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George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney

by Henry Hudson, published by Hannah Humphrey, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 10 November 1790
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Sir George Yonge, 5th Bt

by Edmund Scott, published by Samuel William Fores, after Mather Brown
stipple engraving, published 1 May 1790
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Richard Baldwyn

by Nathan Cooper Branwhite, after Mather Brown
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1802
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Richard Baldwyn

by Nathan Cooper Branwhite, published by G. Eyre, after Mather Brown
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1802
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Sir Christopher Wray

attributed to Thomas Athow, after Mather Brown, after Unknown artist
watercolour, early 19th century
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George Keith Elphinstone, Viscount Keith

by Ridley & Holl, published by James Asperne, after Mather Brown
stipple engraving, published 1 September 1806
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D3926

Robert Plowden

by Charles Turner, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 1815
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D36011

John Howard

by Antoine Maurin, printed by François Le Villain, after Mather Brown
lithograph, 1820s-1830s (1789)
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