Browere, John Henri Isaac

Browere, John Henri Isaac

(brou`ər), 1792–1834, American sculptor, b. New York City, studied painting in New York under Archibald Robertson and sculpture in Europe. He is known for his life masks, many of famous Americans, which he produced in hopes of establishing a national gallery of bronze busts. Among his subjects were John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, De Witt Clinton, and James and Dolley Madison (N.Y. State Historical Assoc., Cooperstown). The artistry of Browere's work lies in the choice of expression and the manipulation of facial details and hair; all his portraits are singularly strong in effect.

Bibliography

See C. H. Hart, Browere's Life Masks of Great Americans (1899).

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