Biography: James Ellsworth "Worth" Brehm was a native of Hamilton County, Indiana. He attended Indiana University, DePauw University, and the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis. With his older brother George, also an artist, he worked for short time at the Indianapolis Star.
Around 1905, the Brehm brothers moved to New York where Worth attended the Art Students League. By 1907 his work was appearing in national magazines. The June 1908 issue of School Arts magazine lists the Brehm brothers and another Indiana-born artist and illustrator, Franklin Booth, as instructors in the National School of Art in New York City for the Fall 1908 semester.
Brehm's work appeared in major magazines, including American Magazine, Cosmopolitan, McClure's, Woman's Home Companion, Scribner's, Harper's Monthly Magazine, Century, Collier's and Good Housekeeping. His book illustrations appeared in editions of Booth Tarkington's works, and editions of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn;
Brehm died at age 44 in 1928 at Norwolk, Connecticut, where he had been a resident of Silvermine, an artists' colony, for fifteen years.