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John Brownson (1789-1865)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: ca. 1850
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 34 x 27 in. ( 86.4 x 68.6 cm )
Credit Line: Gift of Edward S. Brownson Jr.
Object Number: 1940.463
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Marks: signature and date: on books at left: "C W J Pinx N Y 18 . . ."

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The subject was the son of Joel Brownson of Vermont. After practicing law for several years in St. Martinsville, Louisiana, he returned north and spent the last years of his life in Brooklyn and Oyster Bay. This portrait was probably painted in the artist's studio at 3 Laight Street in New York. It was given as a gift to the Society by the sitter's grandson.