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John Brewster
Birth: May 31, 1766
Windham County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Aug. 13, 1854
York County
Maine, USA

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) 
Family links: 
  John Brewster (1739 - 1823)
  Mary Durkee Brewster (1741 - 1783)
  Sophia Brewster (____ - 1800)**
  Mary Brewster (____ - 1805)*
  William Brewster (____ - 1789)*
  Augustus Brewster (____ - 1789)*
  Abel Brewster (____ - 1772)*
  Sophia Brewster (____ - 1772)**
  Elisha Brewster (____ - 1790)*
  John Brewster (1766 - 1854)
  Royall Brewster (1770 - 1835)*
*Calculated relationship
South Buxton Cemetery
York County
Maine, USA
Plot: Near the rail at the back of the old part of the cemetery
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Record added: Dec 10, 1998
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