Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Exhibition Label
Excluded from public professions, cultivated women sought other avenues for their talents. From discussing the issues of the day in informal salon gatherings, it was a short step for women to become writers, especially since the antebellum period saw a burgeoning number of magazines catering to women. So Harriet Beecher Stowe started a career that made her one of the most popular novelists of the nineteenth century. Stowe's place in American history was sealed with her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1851-52), which sold 300,000 copies in its first year. Uncle Tom's Cabin was a reform novel; Stowe was motivated to write it by the Fugitive Slave Law and the effect that slavery had in destroying the African American family. No more effective charge could be made in a nation that, both North and South, revered the family as the foundation of society.
Provenance
Alexander Purdy, National Theater, New York. George P. Howard, Marion, Mass.; purchased by NPG December 1967.
Topic
Interior
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Costume\Jewelry\Pin
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe: Female
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe: Literature\Writer\Novelist
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist
Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Artist
Alanson Fisher, 1807 - 1884
Sitter
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe, 14 Jun 1811 - 1 Jul 1896
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 86.4 x 68.6 x 2.5cm (34 x 27 x 1")
Frame: 105.4 x 88.3 x 8.6cm (41 1/2 x 34 3/4 x 3 3/8")
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Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 122
1853
Type
Painting
Object number
NPG.68.1