Mather Brown (1761—1831)

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas; 30 1/4 x 25 1/4 (76.80 x 64.14). American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA.

The artist at age 50.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas; 91.4 x 71.1 x (36 x 28 1/16 in).

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Adams National Historical Park, Quincy, MA.

Known as Nabby (1765—1813), daughter of John and Abigail Adams.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas; 34 ½ x 27 ¼ in. (90.2 x 71.3 cm). Boston Athenæum, Boston, MA.

after Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Portrait by unknown artist after a 1785 painting by Brown.

attrib. Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas; H. 30 in. (76.2 cm), W. 25 in. (63.5 cm). Private collection.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas; 249.9 x 181.6 cm. Royal Collection Trust, London, England.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas; 8 3/16 x 64 3/8 in. (249.4 x 163.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT.

George Washington ordered his overseers to begin the 1767 wheat harvest on June 24, a hot, cloudy Saturday at the end of a dry week. Thus began twenty days of unrelenting exertion for Mount Vernon’s slaves and no little anxiety for their master, who for the first time had given over his holding almost entirely to the cultivation of grain. Much depended on the success of this experiment, which was a crucial element in Washington’s scheme to free himself of the debts he had accumulated over the years of failing to produce tobacco that would sell on London’s finicky market. Rich as he was in land, he feared that, like so many of his fellow planters, he too would become permanently dependent on his English merchant creditors. It was a fate he dreaded above all, for to suffer it meant that he would lose the essence of a gentleman’s character, independence, and with it the capacity to behave in a truly virtuous way.

Fred Anderson
Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754 - 1766 (2000)