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These things I have in general talked over with your father. He seems to think my income sufficient to start life out . . . . He took the whole affair quite calmly. Incidentally I have just resigned from the Harvard Club. The dues will buy your paints and canvas or some pairs of shoes.” [William Tenney Brewster to Anna Richards Brewster discussing his marriage proposal. 4/13/1905]
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Anna Richards Brewster’s Life

CHAPEL NEAR MENAGGIO (LAKE COMO)
N.D.
Watercolor, 22" x 16"
Private Collection
Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1870 , the sixth of eight children, five of whom lived to adulthood, Anna Richards showed artistic talent early. Like her siblings, Anna was educated at home by her mother, Anna Matlack Richards, a Quaker and poet and a rigorous and successful teacher. She studied and worked in Europe for ten years and in 1905 married her brother Herbert’s Barnard College colleague, William Tenney Brewster, a professor of English literature. With William's encouragement she continued to paint after her marriage, drawing on her surroundings at home in Scarsdale, New York, at their summer home in Matunuck, Rhode Island, and during her husband’s sabbatical trips in various parts of the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

EGYPTIAN FELLAH
N.D.
Watercolor on Board
16" x 12 1/2"
Private Collection
They settled in Scarsdale, New York, and had a son. However, he succumbed to complications of pneumonia before he reached his fifth birthday. After his death, Brewster stopped exhibiting her work except in local shows, like those at the Scarsdale Women’s Club which she helped establish, and her career essentially ended. Had she not effectively dropped out of the art marketplace, her name and her work would be better recognized today.
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