Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Brewsters in:
 • South Buxton Cemetery
 • Buxton
 • York County
 • Maine
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
John Brewster
Birth: May 31, 1766
Death: Aug. 13, 1854

Artist. Born deaf, he was one of eight children of Dr. John Brewster and Mary Durkee Brewster of Hampton, Connecticut. He was apparently taught at an early age to communicate through signs and symbols. He received instruction in painting from the Reverend Joseph Steward and in the 1790s, Brewster traveled through the American Northeast in search of portrait commissions, and worked successfully as an itinerant portrait painter. Advertisements placed by him in contemporary newspapers set his fees at fifteen dollars for standard portraits and five dollars for miniatures. His style of romanticized folk portraiture became a dominant style in rural New England. At the age of 51, Brewster learned the newly introduced Old French Sign Language, from which ASL would be derived. Brewster died in Buxton, Maine at age eighty-eight leaving behind a legacy of more than 200 extant paintings. (bio by: Iola) 
 
Burial:
South Buxton Cemetery
Buxton
York County
Maine, USA
Plot: Near the rail at the back of the old part of the cemetery
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Dec 10, 1998
Find A Grave Memorial# 4146
John Brewster
Added by: Jeffrey L. Carll
 
John Brewster
Added by: Jeffrey L. Carll
 
John Brewster
Cemetery Photo
Added by: J A Caras
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Janis Coleman
 Added: May. 31, 2014

- Keeper of the Stars
 Added: May. 10, 2014

- Keeper of the Stars
 Added: Apr. 18, 2014
There are 39 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (3.8 after 17 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service