Child in Blue Dress Holding a Bird and a Rose: Portrait of Sophia Brewster (1795-1800)

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

c. 1800

oil on canvas

30 ¼” x 18”; in a period carved and gilded frame

inscribed on bottom stretcher


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

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

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, 24.

Paul S. D’Ambrosio, PhD, The World of John Brewster Jr. (2006), p. 59, illus. pp. 18-19 (pl. 10).