Three For Five

J. G. Brown became famous for his numerous depictions of street urchins, including bootblacks, street musicians, and posy sellers. He found his young subjects on the streets of New York City. Intent upon depicting these ragamuffins as they appeared on the streets, Brown once complained, “They will change their dress, as though to show the […]

His Only Comfort

Born near Durham, England, John George Brown, or “J.G.’ as he called himself, studied art at the Trustees Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1852, after a short stay in London, Brown immigrated to the United States, first settling in Brooklyn, where he worked for the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company.  In 1857, Brown enrolled in antique […]