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.

It is difficult to recapture the intensity of excitement felt by Americans in 1776 over the prospect of forming new republican governments. It is a work, said Thomas Jefferson, of the most interesting nature and such as every individual would wish to have his voice in. Even the business of the Continental Congress was stifled because so many delegates — including Jefferson — left for home to take part in the paramount activity of erecting the new state governments. Constitutions, remarked Francis Lightfoot Lee, employ every pen. ... Nothing — not the creation of [the] confederacy, not the Continental Congress, not the war, not the French alliance — in the years surrounding the Declaration of Independence engaged the interests of Americans more that the framing of these governments.

Gordon S. Wood
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776—1787 (1969)