Item #AT-00390

"Campfire Long Pond, ME." by Anna Mary Richards Brewster (1870 - 1952)



"Campfire Long Pond, ME." Oil on Canvas by Anna Mary Richards Brewster (1870 - 1952) Initials lower left. Wonderful crescent moon top left corner.




9"H x 13"W


13.5" x 17.5"

Private Art Dealer NYC.

The Anna Richards Brewster Camp and studio is the most intact Matunuck Hills example of a well-known American Impressionist's workspace, art studio, and seasonal locus of inspiration, nestled along Cedar Swamp Pond. Cedar Swamp Pond is one of the regionally unique coastal plain ponds within the Matunuck Hills glacial moraine.

Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Anna Brewster was the daughter of noted marine and landscape painter, William Trost Richards whose reputation eclipsed hers. However, she earned a prestigious reputation as an active professional artist for fifty-five years. Her early work reflected the tight detailing of her father's style, but as she learned to paint faster, her canvases became looser and looser in style, and many have a warm tonality and atmosphere. She learned painting technique from her father and by age fourteen was exhibiting at the National Academy in New York City. In 1888, she studied at the Cowles Art School in Boston under Dennis Bunker and later studied in New York with John LaFarge and William Merritt Chase. She studied in Paris at the Academy Julian and then made her home in England for nine years. She also painted throughout Europe, Egypt, Palestine, and North Africa.

She married William Tenney Brewster, professor at Barnard College, and in 1910, the couple settled in Scarsdale, New York, where she founded the Scarsdale Art Association. The couple spent their summers at a family cottage in Matunuck, Rhode Island and traveled together extensively in Europe and North Africa. On these trips, she did numerous oil and watercolor sketches, which she converted into large canvases.

After her death in 1952, her husband compiled four volumes of her sketches. In addition to museums, many of her works are in the collection of the Scarsdale Public Library and the Scarsdale Women's Club.
Charlotte Rubinstein, American Women Artists
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
Stephanie Strass, American Women Artists
Paul Sternberg, Sr., Art by American Women