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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 - NPG 97

John Howard

by Mather Brown
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (1789)
NPG 97

Henry Charles William Angelo, by Mather Brown - NPG 5310

Henry Charles William Angelo

by Mather Brown
oil on canvas, circa 1790
NPG 5310

Margaret Martyr (née Thornton), by and published by John Dean, after  Mather Brown - NPG D38303

Margaret Martyr (née Thornton)

by and published by John Dean, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 26 May 1786
NPG D38303

John Bannister, by and published by John Raphael Smith, after  Mather Brown - NPG D622

John Bannister

by and published by John Raphael Smith, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 1787
NPG D622

John Bannister, by John Raphael Smith, after  Mather Brown - NPG D7512

John Bannister

by John Raphael Smith, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 1787
NPG D7512

Monsieur de St George, after William Ward, after  Mather Brown - NPG D4132

Monsieur de St George

after William Ward, after Mather Brown
reproduction of mezzotint, original published 1788
NPG D4132

John Howard, by Edmund Scott, after  Mather Brown - NPG D36010

John Howard

by Edmund Scott, after Mather Brown
stipple engraving, (1789)
NPG D36010

John Howard, by Edmund Scott, after  Mather Brown - NPG D19492

John Howard

by Edmund Scott, after Mather Brown
stipple engraving, (1789)
NPG D19492

Charles Bannister, by and published by John Raphael Smith, after  Mather Brown - NPG D20386

Charles Bannister

by and published by John Raphael Smith, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 1789
NPG D20386

The Revd William Walter D.D., by and published by Charles Howard Hodges, after  Mather Brown - NPG D38522

The Revd William Walter D.D.

by and published by Charles Howard Hodges, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, before 1790
NPG D38522

Sir George Yonge, 5th Bt, by Edmund Scott, published by  Samuel William Fores, after  Mather Brown - NPG 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
NPG D4960

George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, by Henry Hudson, published by  Hannah Humphrey, after  Mather Brown - NPG D13744

George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney

by Henry Hudson, published by Hannah Humphrey, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 10 November 1790
NPG D13744

Sir George Yonge, 5th Bt, by Edmund Scott, published by  Samuel William Fores, after  Mather Brown - NPG D15170

Sir George Yonge, 5th Bt

by Edmund Scott, published by Samuel William Fores, after Mather Brown
stipple engraving, published 1 May 1790
NPG D15170

Richard Baldwyn, by Nathan Cooper Branwhite, after  Mather Brown - NPG D7481

Richard Baldwyn

by Nathan Cooper Branwhite, after Mather Brown
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1802
NPG D7481

Richard Baldwyn, by Nathan Cooper Branwhite, published by  G. Eyre, after  Mather Brown - NPG D18794

Richard Baldwyn

by Nathan Cooper Branwhite, published by G. Eyre, after Mather Brown
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1802
NPG D18794

Sir Christopher Wray, attributed to Thomas Athow, after  Mather Brown, after  Unknown artist - NPG D23254

Sir Christopher Wray

attributed to Thomas Athow, after Mather Brown, after Unknown artist
watercolour, early 19th century
NPG D23254

George Keith Elphinstone, Viscount Keith, by Ridley & Holl, published by  James Asperne, after  Mather Brown - NPG D3458

George Keith Elphinstone, Viscount Keith

by Ridley & Holl, published by James Asperne, after Mather Brown
stipple engraving, published 1 September 1806
NPG D3458

Robert Plowden, by Charles Turner, after  Mather Brown - NPG D3926

Robert Plowden

by Charles Turner, after Mather Brown
mezzotint, published 1815
NPG D3926

John Howard, by Antoine Maurin, printed by  François Le Villain, after  Mather Brown - NPG D36011

John Howard

by Antoine Maurin, printed by François Le Villain, after Mather Brown
lithograph, 1820s-1830s (1789)
NPG D36011

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