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Albertus D. O. Browere
Date: 1814–1887
Remarks: Albertis Del Orient Browere was the eldest son of the sculptor John Henri Isaac Browere (1790-1834), who is best known for his life masks. As a boy, Browere worked with his father, but preferred painting. He studied in New York City at the National Academy of Design and in 1831, and at the age of seventeen, exhibited his first painting there. The following year he received a silver medal at the American Institute in New York City. His early paintings were primarily historical and genre, some illustrating the stories of Washington Irving. Around 1841 Browere moved to Catskill, New York, to paint landscapes; he supported himself by working in a drug store. In 1852, during the Gold Rush, he went to California, where he spent four years painting and prospecting for gold. In 1858 he made a second trip to California, remaining in San Francisco until 1861. Thereafter, Browere lived in Catskill, eking out a living as a sign and wagon painter.