Browere (John H.I. and A.D.O.) Papers. 1806-1941.

Summary Information

New York State Historical Association – Research Library
John H.I. Browere and A.D.O. Browere Papers
Coll. No. 424
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet
Funding Source
This finding aid was made available electronically through a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases (RBDB) grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.

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Biographical/Historical note

John Henri Isaac Browere (1792-1834) was an artist and sculptor from New York City, known particularly for his busts of noted U.S. citizens of the early nineteenth century. His son Albertus D.O. Browere (1814-1887) was also an artist, from Catskill, Greene County, N.Y.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of correspondence about the busts / life masks created by John H.I. Browere. It also includes biographical sketches of Browere and his son, A.D.O. Browere, by Catherine Derrick (granddaughter / daughter), along with an estate inventory, lists of busts, a 1940 letter about the sale of busts to Stephen C. Clark and his donation of them to NYSHA, receipts, newspaper and magazine clippings, a deed, and ephemera.

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Collection Inventory

 424.1 – Box 1
 424.1/1 — Agreement for Finishing, Exhibiting, and Selling the Busts and Statues Left by the Late John H.I. Browere. undated.
 424.1/2 — Agreement / subscription between artists of New York City for the purpose of supporting and promoting American artists. undated.
 424.1/3 — Biographical sketches on John H.I. Browere and A.D.O. Browere; with notes about work done on busts. 1885, 1931-1932, undated.
 424.1/4 — Browere, A.D.O. Correspondence concerning his art. 1841-1842, 1912, undated.
 424.1/5 — Browere, John H.I. Last will and testament & estate inventory. 1829.
 424.1/6 — Browere, John H.I. Letters written. 1825, 1827.
 424.1/7 — Correspondence concerning John H.I. Browere busts, mostly to or by A.D.O. Browere. 1848-1932 (1 of 3).
 424.1/8 — Correspondence concerning John H.I. Browere busts, mostly to or by A.D.O. Browere. 1848-1932 (2 of 3).
 424.1/9 — Correspondence concerning John H.I. Browere busts, mostly to or by A.D.O. Browere. 1848-1932 (3 of 3).
 424.1/10 — Deed between John van [Hoesen?] and Solomon Davis of Hudson, N.Y. 1806.
 424.1/11 — Drawing – ink on paper. Attributed to A.D.O. Browere. circa 1830.
 424.1/12 — Inventory of busts left by John H.I. Browere after his death. undated.
 424.1/13 — Johnson, David. Letters to A.D.O. Browere. 1880-1882, undated.
 424.1/14 — McClure’s Magazine. Vol. 9, no. 6. Includes article on John H.I. Browere’s life masks. October 1897.
 424.1/15 — Millard, Everett L. and Frank van Benschoten. Correspondence concerning watercolor portrait of John J.I. Browere. 1939.
 424.1/16 — Newspaper and magazine clippings. 1885-1940, undated.
 424.1/17 — Photographs of life masks of Dolly Madison. undated.
 424.1/18 — Receipts. 1837-1929.
 424.1/19 — Van Benschoten, Mrs. Frank and others. Letters received concerning the John H.I. Browere life masks. 1894-1941.

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