Mountain Art & Artists
Harrison Bird Brown (1831-1915)
Harrison Bird Brown was born in Portland, Maine in 1831 and died in London, England in 1915. He is best known for his marine paintings and White Mountain landscapes.
Brown began his career as a sign and banner painter. He also made survey drawings for John Bartlett in San Francisco in 1852. He painted in New England until he moved to London in 1892.
He exhibited at the National Academy of Design from 1858 until 1875, at the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876, and at the Boston Athenaeum in 1860 and 1863.
In 1890 he produced two widely distributed illustrations of Crawford Notch for the Maine Central Railroad. In 1892 he was elected president of the Portland Society of Art. Shortly thereafter, he moved to England to be with his only surviving child, a daughter.
Brown's paintings of White Mountain subjects date from 1859 to 1890.
His work has been preserved at the Portland Museum of Art, Colby College, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.