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The Art of Ada Augusta Brewster
Born 1842 - Died 1929
Presented by: George Langford


Note: All of the fifty-four original paintings (and the photographic print of Miss Brewster)
whose images are shown here are my personal property.


About 1960 I met Miss Charlotte Cutts of Kingston, Massachusetts, a family friend, who gave me the personal collection of Miss Brewster's work which I describe here.  Miss Cutts had been a friend of the Brewster family; and she died in 1961.  One of the paintings has Miss Brewster's Kissimmee, Florida address and Miss Cutts' Massachusetts address written on the back.


Ada Augusta Brewster in her studio
Miss Ada Augusta Brewster was a Mayflower descendant who was born in the house called Woodside in Kingston, Massachusetts.  She remained single her entire life.  She chose art as her career and lived in Florida, California, New York, Georgia and crossed the American continent. She also frequented Cape Cod and Nantucket, finding suitable scenes. 

As the photograph at left and the one painting below show, Miss Brewster also painted portraits.  She was a contemporary of artist Louis Comfort Tiffany and in 1898 was Curator of the Ladies Art Association, 107 West 125th Street, NYC.
No Title: Girl in big hat.
No Title: Sailing.
No Title: Sailing.
Girl in Big Hat - 7 by 9 inches Sailing - 2.5 by 4.1 inches
Sailing - 1.75 by 2.75 inches

No Title: Sailboats.
No Title: Swamp.
Sailboats - 2.5 by 5 inches
Swamp - 6.5 by 12.5 inches

No Title: A pair of vignettes on a black mat.

Vignettes - 5 by 8.5 inches
No Places Named






The little girl's eyes have to be seen to be believed - this is a watercolor.












The sailboats and sailing images as well as the swamp are probably from Cape Cod ... Kissimmee, Florida is in the state's interior, near Lakes Tohopekaliga and Kissimmee.















On the other hand, the two vignettes at left have a more southern atmosphere ...










Title: "California."
Title: "Finest Tree in Ygnacio Valley."
California coast
Fiest tree in Ygnacio Valley
California

These are the only two California paintings in this collection. 

Each thumbnail image is linked to a larger image on a separate webpage.

High-resolution images are located separately in a protected directory.
Connecticut [?] Title: "Nowalk Fog."
Georgia: "Tallulah Falls."
Nowalk Fog 4 by 10 inches
Tallulah Falls, Georgia 9 by 13 inches
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Miss Brewster resided in Tallulah Falls, Georgia for a time.  The view in her painting at left is presumably from the falls, looking downstream.

The painting at far left is titled "Nowalk Fog," and so I am guessing that Miss Brewster meant Norwalk, Connecticut. 

Both paintings are watercolor on paper.





Title: "Oceanic Fog, New Jersey."
Title: "Willow, Red Bank, New Jersey."
Oceanic, New Jersey 9 by 7 each
Willow, Red Bank, New Jersey 9 by 15 inches
New Jersey

The upper two paintings at left are on both sides of a single sheet of paper.
















The monochrome is on a separate sheet.









Title: "Hudson River Craft."
Title: "Road to Kissimmee."
Hudson River Craft 6 by 12 inches
Road to Kissimmee 11 by 14 inches

Title: "Rainbow, Florida."
Title: "Sunrise, Florida."
Title: "Lemons &
Blossoms, Florida
"
Rainbow, Florida 8.2 by 10 inches
Sunrise, Florida 8.2 by 10 inches
Lemons and Blossoms, Florida 10.2 by 12 (mat)

Title: "Houseboats on Lake; Kissimmee, Florida"

Houseboats on lake; Kissimmee, Florida 3.5 by 11.5 inches




Florida


Miss Brewster lived for a while in Kissimmee, Florida, where she painted the scenes shown at left and below.

The scene entitled, "Hudson River Craft" might bear some explanation, as the trees are festooned with Spanish moss, which isn't found in New York, where the Hudson River is located ...

The two paintings at left are oil on paperboard; the one at right is falling apart.








The two scenes entitled, "Rainbow, Florida" and "Sunrise, Florida," are on opposite sides of the same sheet of paper.









The scene at left, entitled, "Houseboats ..."  is oil on canvas and has some explanation written illegibly (to me) on the reverse.


No title: Beached Dory.
Title: "Bradford Lane."
Title: "Bradford Rock" and "Thomas Bailey's house."
Beached dory - 2.5 by 4 inches
Bradford Lane 10 by 12 inches
Bradford Rock - Thomas Bailey house 6.5 by 10.5 inches

No title: Bird hunting.
No title: Chimney ruins.
No title: Church cluster.
Bird Hunting 5 by 7.5 inches
Chimney ruins 9 by 12 inches
Church Cluster 4.5 by 6 inches

Title: "Commercial Wharf."
Title: "Milford's
Memorial Monument
."
Title: "Madame
Clisbey's Staircase
."

Commercial Wharf - 4 by 6 inches
Milford's Memorial Monument - 7.5 by 11 inches
Madame Cisbey's Staircase - 8 by 12 inches

No title: Fishermen's shacks. No title: Shore train; there are two of these paintings.
Fishermen's shacks - 4.3 by 12.5 inches
Shore train - 4 by 15 inches


No title: House and well.

House and well - 5.5 by 7 inches











Cape Cod, Massachusetts


These are with one exception all watercolors on paper; the one I call "Bird hunting" is oil on stiff paper.





























Title: "Captain's Hill, Duxbury, Mass."
Title: "Whitewood on the Saguish."
Captain's Hill, Duxbury, Mass. - 4.8 by 7.5 inches
Whitewood on the Saguish, Duxbury - 11 by 14 inches
Duxbury, Massachusetts

There are actually two of the small painting entitled, "Captain's Hill;" the other one came from eBay recently.

Title: "Cornstalk or
Bamboo Teapot
."
Title: "Screw Auger
Invented by John Washburn
."
Title: "Hartshorn
for Medicinal Use
."
Cornstalk or Bamboo Cup - 11 by 14 inches
Screw Auger "Invented by John Washburn." 11 by 14 inches
Hartshorn for medicinal use - 10 by 14 inches

Kingston, Massachusetts

Three drawings made for some sort of publication.


Marshfield, Mass.:
Title: "Blue Fish Rocks."
Plymouth, Mass.
Title: "Old Bagnall House."
Blue Fish Rocks, Marshfield, Mass. - 4.3 by 9 inches
Old Bagnall House, Plymouth, Mass. - 6.8 by 9.7 inches

Title: "Clam Shell Alley."
Title: "In Plymouth." Title: "Clam Shell Alley."
Clam Shell Alley - 8 by 13.5 inches
In Plymouth - 10 by 14 inches
Clam Shell Alley - 8 by 13.5 inches

Plymouth, Massachusetts

Except for the one from Marshfield ...

The two paintings entitled, "Clam Shell Alley" are not the same at all; they show the alley from different ends, with the same tree appearing in both paintings.  They are watercolors on paper.  The monochrome is also on paper.
Title: "Auld Lang Syne."
Title: "Dr. Sharp's House"
Title: "Old Coffin House."
Aild Lang Syne - 6 by 9 inches
Dr. Sharp's House - 6.8 by 8.5 inches
Old Coffin House - 5 by 6.3 inches

Title: "Old Mill Built 1746."
Title: "Oldest House in Siasconset, Mass."
Title: "Old Mill
in Orleans, Mass
."
Old Mill Built 1746 - 4 by 6 inches
Oldest House in Siasconset, Mass. - 3.5 by 5 inches
Old Mill in Orleans, Mass. - 4.2 by 5.5 inches

Title: "Tea Garden, Nantucket."
Title: "Waldorf Astoria, Jr."
Title: "West Dover Street, Nantucket."
Tea Garden, Nantucket - 6.8 by 9 inches
Waldorf Astoria, Jr. - 6 by 9.5 inches
West Dover Street, Nantucket - 6 by 7 inches

Nantucket, Massachusetts


Some of these houses may still be standing. 

For example, the house called "Old Lang Syne" is featured in a number of Nantucket postcards; some of the pictures show quite a little growth of the beech tree standing behind the house in Miss Brewster's painting; in others, the tree is gone, sadly.

The mills in the two paintings at left are clearly the same one, viewed from different directions.

These are all watercolors on paper.





Title: "Over The Hill."
Over the Hill - 5 by 6.5 inches