|After Mather Byles Brown, Thomas Jefferson, Charcoal Study|
"Enough" in progress by l.w.roth
For someone who didn't make it into the Royal Academy in London, more than 17 copies of Mather Brown's paintings made it into The Royal Collection Trust, so the artist can rest in peace, hopefully not in a pauper's grave. An American painter, his portraits and historic scenes are currently in collections in five prestigeous American museums. Two originals are in Detroit's Institute of Arts (DIA). Maybe Mather made a big mistake going to London to study under Benjamin West? Had he stayed in the smaller pond that was America, he may have made a bigger splash and lived a life of comfort.
A canvas shipment was delivered. I carried it down to the studio to store. The charcoal materials were handy. There was a clean sheet on the easel waiting. I couldn't resist. A half hour later, I had gotten this far with Thomas Jefferson's likeness, but my wounded knee shouted "Enough." So, "Enough."