The Worlds of John Brewster Jr.
Covering information on the French roots of the American Deaf-World; the Deaf communities of Martha's Vineyard, Maine and New Hampshire in the 19th century; and on contemporary Deaf art, A Deaf Artist in Early America provides a multifaceted glimpse of Deaf portrait artist John Brewster, New England history, and the culture, language and social institutions of the Deaf-World in America.
Although Brewster's portraits have sold very well at auction and are featured in the collections of prestigious museums, little has been written about his life. Harlan Lane, award-winning historian of the Deaf, argues that as a Deaf artist, John Brewster is part of a long and distinguished tradition of the Deaf-World. His unprecedented biography both vividly and comprehensively explores Brewster's worlds: as a seventh-generation descendant of William Brewster, who led the Pilgrims on the Mayflower voyage; as a member of the Federalist elite; a Deaf man; and finally, an artist. This account of what life was like for Brewster in early America not only makes this an invaluable book for Deaf Studies, but also history and art courses. The book includes 26 color photographs of portraits by Brewster. [Harlan Lane; (2004) 190 pages; hard cover]