|Around 1860, George Morse,
together with several fellow artists, made up a group who called
themselves `The Brushians'... [whose] members all lived and worked
in the Portland, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth area [of Maine]."
They included C.F. Kimball, George Morse, Harvard M. Armstrong,
Rev. Henry G. Clark and Edward Griffin and later John Calvin
Stevens, John T. Wood, Frederick H. Thompson, Frederick J. Ilsley,
C.C. McKim, Tom F. O'Neil, Walter Bailey, Millard Baldwin, Charles
Fuller and Clifford Crocker. Some of the members are not well-known,
but their work is historically significant because of the images
they left of the Portland area and along the coast.
A connection to nature and an interest in observation, often
played out as a dallying in art, were common pastimes for proper
Victorian gentlemen. The Brushians were a group of artist-sportsmen
who took expeditions into the Maine wilderness at the turn of
the last century to hunt, paint, and commune with nature.