J.G. Brown (1831-1913) was born in England, he emigrated to the United States in 1853 to advance his career as a painter. As his reputation grew, he established himself at the famous 10th Street Studio Building, home to many of the leading artists of the time. Genre was his subject of choice, becoming one of the most famous artists in that field. His ubiquitous shoeshine boys overshadow what was a catalog of multiple subjects, ranging from city dwellers to country folk, young and old.
This work. entitled "Sunday in the Barn" was representative of a sizeable group of farm scenes, many of which showed older and wiser farmers, their wives, and children. This painting was shown in the 1898 exhibition of the American Watercolor Society in New York, the leading such venue in the United States. It was reproduced as the title page in the Society catalog for that year. Brown displayed some of the finest academic techniques of any artist of his time, with a fineness of finish that stood out boldly against his artistic competitors. His very prolific work was widely popular, and he received many, many notices in local New York newspapers. The year this painting was exhibited, Brown was elected President of the Watercolor Society, the highest office an artist could achieve/receive in this medium. Brown was a National Academician. J.G. Brown was elected a member of the National Academy of Design in 1863.
Measurement: 24" x 19.25"