A DEAF ARTIST IN EARLY AMERICA
The Worlds of John Brewster Jr.
by Harlan Lane
John Brewster Jr. (1766-1854) was one of the most prominent early American portrait painters. His hauntingly beautiful portraits have a directness and intensity of vision that were rarely equaled, as the images in this book attest. Yet little has been written about the life of this Deaf artist. Harlan Lane, award-winning historian of the Deaf, argues that Deaf people are often visually gifted, and that Brewster, as a Deaf artist, is part of a long and continuing tradition.