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Nicholas Richard Brewer (1857-1949)

Nicholas Richard Brewer was a portrait and landscape painter, and also a writer.  Born in High Forest, Minnesota, N.R. Brewer was educated in the district public schools until he was fifteen.  Brewer began his art studies after his marriage in 1879, as the pupil of D.W. Tryon and Charles Noel Flagg.

By 1885 he was exhibiting at the National Academy of Design.  He wrote Trails of the Paintbrush.  N.R. Brewer's work is represented in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to name a few. Numerous state capitols hold portraits he painted of governors of the period.  The portrait of the late Governor John A. Johnson, which hangs in the Minnesota Historical Society building, is an example of his great portraiture.  Painting titles include Aliso Canon (Deactur, Ill), Fading Glories (Women's Club, Birmingham, Al), The Cotton Harvest (Witte Museum.)  N.R. Brewer's paintings of Minnesota landscapes are in numerous private collections.

Untitled, Shoreline
oil on canvas  24 x 20

Woman with Parasol
oil on canvas  32 x 44

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