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David Paul Brown

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Description Head and shoulders portrait of a man with brown hair, wearing a black coat with high collar, white shirt and high white collar over sides of chin and white neckband. The sitter is probably David Paul Brown (1795-1872), a Philadelphia lawyer, poet, orator and playwright of both tragedies and farce. An obituary recorded that "From the early times of 'anti-slavery' and 'abolition' in Philadelphia, Mr. Brown was the steadfast friend, counselor, spokesman and orator for the anti-slavery party. He was their chivalrous champion upon nearly all occasions, important and unimportant, in court, on the rostrum and in the newspapers. It may be said with safety that he never failed to answer their call." (See "The Albany Law Journal," vol. 6, 1872, pp. 49-50).
Date Description Narrative
  • Four Centuries of Miniature Painting from the Collections of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc. and A.J. Fink, Personally. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1958-1959.
Provenance Everard Roberts estate, Brooklyn, New York. Acquired by Abraham Jay Fink, Baltimore; by bequest to A. J. Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963; given to Walters Art Museum, 1963.
Inscriptions [Signed and dated] Front left: J.R. 1925; [Engraved] On back of frame: David Paul Brown / By / J. Robinson / 1825
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963

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watercolor on ivory
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H excluding frame: 2 3/4 x W: 2 1/4 in. (6.99 x 5.72 cm); Framed H: 3 1/8 x W: 2 1/2 in. (7.94 x 6.35 cm)
  • USA (Place of Origin)
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