(American, 1870 - 1952)

In the Surf

Oil on canvas, 9 x 13 ¼ inches

Estate stamp on stretcher

Born in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Anna Richards Brewster was the daughter of the artist William Trost Richards and the author Anna Matlack.

Anna studied at the Cowles Art School in Boston; the Art Students League of New York; and the Academie Julian in Paris. She set up a studio in London in 1896, remaining there for 9 years. One of the most successful women artists of her time, she was a prolific painter but also an illustrator, collaborating on several works with her mother.

In 1905 Anna married William Tenney Brewster (1870‑1961), a Shakespearean scholar and amateur poet. From 1894 to 1943 he was a faculty member in Barnard College’s Department of English, serving as provost and acting dean as well. Their only child, Herbert Richards Brewster, died at the age of four, probably due to complications of pneumonia.

About the Artist

(American, 1870 - 1952)

Anna Mary Richards Brewster was born in Germantown, one of eight children born to the artist William Trost Richards (1833 1905). She first studied art with her father and then attended the Cowles School of Art in Boston, the Metropolitan School of Art in New York, and the Art Students League. She studied with H. Siddons Mowbray and William Merritt Chase in New York, and with John La Farge in Newport, Massachusetts. Brewster went to Paris in 1890 and attended the Académie Julian and She married the Shakespearean scholar and amateur poet William Tenney Brewster in 1905.