Brown became a portrait painter in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1839, but from about 1844 seems to have painted only miniatures on ivory or canvas. He moved to Philadelphia in 1845, remaining there until his death. He was very successful and counted among is sitters Abraham Lincoln (from life in Springfield, IL 1860) and James Buchanan.
From: Who Was Who in American Art- P. Falk
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,
The National Portrait Gallery
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