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Charles DeWolf Brownell

  • Birth 6 Feb 1822 Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Death 6 Jun 1909 Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Burial Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island, USA
  • Memorial ID 23332502

Artist. He was raised in Connecticut and became an attorney in 1843. In the early 1850s an illness led Brownell to give up practicing law for a career as a painter. In 1854 he received an honorary Master of Arts degree from Hartford's Trinity College. After several years of study, in 1860 Brownell established a studio in New York City, where he worked until 1865. He studied and worked throughout Europe until 1871, afterwards returning to the United States and settling in Bristol, Rhode Island. Brownell also traveled and worked in Cuba, Jamaica, Egypt and several other countries, and one of America's foremost painters of landscapes and seascapes. His most well known work is a painting of Connecticut's Charter Oak, which has proved to be an invaluable reference since the historical tree fell in 1856. His other paintings include "Burning of the Gaspee", "A Sunset at Bristol", "The Caspian Run Aground", "The Bay of Matanzas", "Hartford", "Havanna", "Ceiba", "Limestone Cliffs of Bolondron, Cuba", "'Easton's Beach, Newport, Rhode Island'", "Cuban Sugar Plantation", "Gessenay", "Gifferhorn", and "Three Tree Trunks, Armonia". He also co-authored and illustrated a well-known work on the history of Native Americans, 1855's "The Indian Races of North and South America".

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles DeWolf Brownell (6 Feb 1822–6 Jun 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23332502, citing Juniper Hill Cemetery, Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .