There are 2 images on William Brewster's profile, supposedly of him, but ''no physical likeness survives'' of William Brewster. [Making Haste From Babylon, by Nick Bunker, pub. 2010, page 126]
Why are they on his profile, since they are not his image?
Am I the only one uncomfortable with this idea, that ministers in New England were of a generic type, and we can use pictures of them like pre-formed pieces, "any one fits all"?
Reading carefully in William Brewster's biography does not give the impression of a narrow faced, dour personality implicit in one of the images. Entirely the opposite.
gives the impression that William Brewster was exceptionally strong and vigorous. In Gov Bradford's journal, he praises Brewster's good care of his sick fellow Pilgrims. William was on his feet nursing the rest of them when nearly everyone was stricken with illness.
William Brewster is described near the end of his life as spending part of every day hoeing, weeding and planting with the rest of the colonists. He was educated at a college at Cambridge, and had over 400 well-read books in his library when he died, about a fourth of them in Latin.
I would rather see an image of a chair he sat on, or a list of his books, or things that were in his daily experience in Plymouth, like the grist mill where their corn was ground. These things speak to his life as he experienced it.
Ideas, suggestions, comments, please?
PS I've added "Do Not WikiTree While Cranky" to "Do Not WikiTree While Angry"... When I have insomnia from a leg cramp and it's past midnight and I should be sleepy, a lot of things make me cranky, including unlabeled images of our ancestors. What do I know - maybe he did look like that picture, but it would be nice have some evidence:)