Harold Haven Brown Biography

Harold Haven Brown




Harold Haven Brown, painter, printmaker, illustrator, museum director, and teacher, was born in Malden, Massachusetts in 1869. After attending the Massachusetts Normal Art School, Brown went to Paris where he studied with Jean Leon Gérôme at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and with J. P. Laurens at Académie Julian. He also studied museum work at the musée de Cluny, musée du Louvre, and the musée du Luxembourg.


On November 4, 1897, Brown wed fellow artist Florence Bradshaw. They moved to Chicago and then to Indianapolis, Indiana were he was director of the John Heron Institute between 1913 and 1921. In 1919 they visited Provincetown, Massachusetts and moved there permanently in 1923.

Brown worked in woodcut and watercolor and was a noted mapmaker. He authored books and articles on pictorial, decorative, and mechanical drawing and on calligraphy. He and Florence were active in founding the Provincetown Art Association and Museum where he served as president from 1926 to 1932. 


His work was exhibited at the Panama-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York in 1901, and at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the John Herron Art Institute, and the Provincetown Art Association.


Harold Haven Brown died in Provincetown in 1932.