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John Appleton Brown
1844 - 1902

The year the Civil War ended, twenty-one year old John Appleton Brown left his home of Newburyport, Massachusetts for the city of Boston. The following year, he began artistic training with old masters at the Louvre in Paris. His teachers included landscape painter Emile Lambinet and Barbizon painters Camille Corot and Charles-Francois Daubigny whose influence in Brown's work is unmistakable.

John Appleton Brown Crashing Waves Midsized Thumbnail
Crashing Waves
John Appleton Brown Pastoral Pond Midsized Thumbnail
Pastoral Pond
John Appleton Brown White Geese Midsized Thumbnail
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In 1868, he returned to Boston for six years, and he married a painter, Agnes Bartlett. In 1874, the newlywed couple returned to France where they painted at Ville d’Avray, Corot’s home. In 1875, the couple came home to Boston, where Brown became friends with William Morris Hunt and J. Foxcroft Cole. These Barbizon artists were popular, and Brown gained fame for his spring scenes, often featuring orchards filled with apple blossoms. He was even nicknamed “apple-blossom Brown.”

Except for a brief trip to England, the remainder of his career centered in New England. He would spend summers at the home of Celia Thaxter on Appledore, an islet among the Isles of Shoals off New Hampshire and Maine. Thaxter was a poet and essayist who hosted painters and writers. Brown spent some summers there with Childe Hassam, Arthur Quartley, Ross Turner, Ellen Robbins, and William Morris Hunt who drowned there in 1879.

His work is exhibited in the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Maine, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, and the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. Source: Askart