Buckingham Notables: Rev. Henry James Brown


Whilst researching my family tree, I discovered a distant cousin who was a portrait painter. In fact, he may have some work in the Smithsonian. As I was searching for images of his portraits I found a blog post about him on WordPress.

The post not only had a painting by him but also some more info that I did not know. Turns out, he moved from Cumberland County to Buckingham County and he was a Reverend too.

The Reverend Brown is the grandson of James Brown who was the son of Buckingham Browne and a descendant of Sir Thomas Browne, a doctor and author who was knighted by Charles II.

Buckingham Browne was the grandson of Sir Thomas who migrated to America and started a family with Elizabeth Mestiche.



 Here is that post on Reverend Henry James Brown…

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Buckingham Polka

 Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute

Those of you who follow Slate River Ramblings via the Slate River Press Facebook page will recognize the image above of the Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute. Used to illustrate “The Buckingham Polka” composed by the Institute’s music teacher, Arnaud Préot, this image also appeared with the chapter “A Noble Idea: Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute,” in “At a Place Called Buckingham.”

The drawing was executed by Rev. Henry James Brown (1811-1854), a Methodist minister and fellow instructor at the Institute. He also served as vice-president of its board.  Born in Cumberland County, Brown began painting when he was about sixteen years old, eventually studying with the renowned artist Thomas Sully.  In 1833, Brown married Susan Ann Hobson and together they had eight children.  In 1850, they were living in Buckingham County adjacent Dr. John C. Blackwell, President of the Institute.  In 1854, Brown died at the Institute…

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Art Dealers needed. #nowHiring


You can make some extra cash by selling art in your spare time. Buy it from anywhere you want and sell it anywhere you like. Sell it on Ebay or Craigslist. Sell it on Facebook or Twitter. Sell it on your own website or place ads. Youre the boss when youre working for you. Buy art from sites like Deviant Art or Zazzle. Buy art you absolutely love and someone else will love it too. Work when you want and how you want. And you do not have to leave your job to do it. 

Art dealers and galleries make a lot of money this way and they do not even sell all the rare art that is available online. Think of the potential sales that await you. Even if you do not sale them right away, you will have rare art that you love to enjoy until it sells. Is there a risk? Kind of. Can you make a big return? Absolutely. Can you hang the art in your home to enjoy until it is sold? Yes you can.     

This is a big market as most art is only sold by the artists or by galleries that do not take most artists work because they are unknown. The artists need your help. Hey, they don’t call us starving artists for nothing. Buy art you love and sell it for three times the cost or whatever price you want to sell it for. If somebody buys your favorite piece you can use the check you cash to get another.   

You might even wind up with your own gallery…  

Ray Nichols


Revolution #artforfreedom


You say you want a #revolution.

You say you want to #change the #world.

Are you willing to do whatever it takes

To #free every boy and girl?

#100,000 voices are crying out.

Can you hear them call?

Injustice has become the norm

At the damnation of us all.

You say you want a bold #new world

Where everyone is free.

You say you will do anything

To be all you can be.

To bring about this new age

Some people have to change.

Hypocrisy must go away

And never come back again.

#poet Raymond Nichols
 , #hundredthousandpoetsforchange