John Appleton Brown (1844–1902) was an American painter, born in Newburyport, Mass. He studied in Boston under Benjamin C. Porter, and afterward under Emile Lambinet in Paris. In 1891 he established his studio in New York City and the following year became a member of the Society of American Artists. He was elected to the National Academy in 1896. His last picture, exhibited at the Society in 1902, "The Grain Field" was a typical example of his delicate personal handling of color. Other works by him are "Old Road near Paris" and "On the Merrimac at Newburyport." His spring and summer pictures in bright soft colors are full of fine poetic feeling.