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Alburtus Del Orient Browere

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Foothills of Tuolumne County


Artist's Biography

A.D.O. Browere grew up in New York City, the son of a sculptor. He launched into a career as a landscape and genre painter, exhibiting works at the National Academy of Design and the American Art Union. In 1834, he moved to Catskill, New York, and became a sign painter, while continuing to execute original works of art. In 1852, he got caught up in the gold rush and sailed around the Horn to California, where he remained for four years, trying his luck at prospecting with little success. During this time he recorded scenes of mining life that are often considered the most interesting paintings of the gold rush era. In 1858, he returned to California for a second visit that lasted three years. His favorite sketching ground was the countryside around Columbia in the southern mining district, but he also traveled to Stockton, Sacramento and Coloma, taking pencil sketches and wash drawings that he later used as the basis of oil paintings.

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