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.