Moses Brown


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Moses Brown
Brown University Portrait Collection

Moses Brown was a devote Quaker for the latter part of his life, and he did not approve of the vanity of having a portrait created of himself. As such an important member of the Providence community, his relative William J. Harris sketched a likeness of Brown through an open window when he napped one day. That sketch was given to Martin Johnson Heade in the 1850s -- 20 years after Brown's death -- for the creation of this posthumous portrait. The painting was commissioned by John Russell Bartlett and presented to Brown University in 1857.


This file appears in: From Portsmouth to Providence: Moses Brown School