Child in a White Dress Holding a Basket of Berries: Portrait of Betsey Avery Brewster (1798-1838)

John Brewster, Jr. (1766-1854), Hampton, Connecticut

c. 1800

oil on canvas

31” x 22”; in a period carved and gilded frame

Signed on top stretcher “J. Brewster Limner”


Dr. John (1739-1823) and Ruth Avery (1754-1823) Brewster, Hampton, Connecticut, parents of sitter

Betsey A. Brewster Prentiss (1798-1838), Hampton, Connecticut, sitter

Eliza A. Prentiss Dudley (1817-1898), Worchester, Massachusetts, daughter

Louisa M. Dudley Manning (1842-1912), Worchester, Massachusetts, daughter

Paul Dudley Manning (1883-1944), Worchester, Massachusetts, son

Paul Dudley Manning, Jr. (1916-1986), Worchester, Massachusetts, son

G.W. Samaha, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts


Hartford, Connecticut, Connecticut Historical Society and Waterville, Maine, Colby College, “John Brewster, Jr., 1766-1854,” 6 November 1960 – 25 February 1961

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, “American Folk,” 8 April – 5 August 2001

Cooperstown, New York, Fenimore Art Museum; New York, American Folk Art Museum, and traveling, “The World of John Brewster, Jr.”, 1 April 2005 – 29 April 2007


Nina Fletcher Little, “John Brewster, Jr., 1766-1854: Deaf-Mute Portrait Painter of Connecticut and Maine,” The Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin (October 1960), pp. 99, 104, illus. p. 115.

Harlan Lane, A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster Jr. (2004), pp. 13, 38, 39, 45, 102, 106, illus. pl. 9B.

Paul S. D’Ambrosio, PhD, The World of John Brewster Jr. (2006), p. 59, illus. pp. 20-21 (pl. 11).