1870 (Germantown, Pennsylvania)
1952 (Scarsdale, New York)
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|Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Anna Brewster was the daughter of
noted marine and landscape painter, William Trost Richards whose
reputation eclipsed hers. However, she earned a prestigious reputation
as an active professional artist for fifty-five years. Her early work
reflected the tight detailing of her father's style, but as she learned
to paint faster, her canvases became looser and looser in style, and
many have a warm tonality and atmosphere.|
She learned painting
technique from her father and by age fourteen was exhibiting at the
National Academy in New York City. In 1888, she studied at the Cowles
Art School in Boston under Dennis Bunker and later studied in New York
with John LaFarge and William Merritt Chase. She studied in Paris at
the Academy Julian and then made her home in England for nine years.
She also painted throughout Europe, Egypt, Palestine, and North Africa.
married William Tenney Brewster, professor at Barnard College, and in
1910, the couple settled in Scarsdale, New York, where she founded the
Scarsdale Art Association. The couple spent their summers at a family
cottage in Matunuck, Rhode Island and traveled together extensively in
Europe and North Africa. On these trips, she did numerous oil and
watercolor sketches, which she converted into large canvases.
her death in 1952, her husband compiled four volumes of her sketches.
In addition to museums, many of her works are in the collection of the
Scarsdale Public Library and the Scarsdale Women's Club.
Charlotte Rubinstein, "American Women Artists"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Stephanie Strass, "American Women Artists"
Paul Sternberg, Sr., "Art by American Women"
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