Frances Wright (1795-1852)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 16 5/8 x 12 3/4 in. ( 42.2 x 32.4 cm )
A native of Scotland, the subject was orphaned as a child and raised in London. She came to America in 1818 with her sister, Camilla, and for two years toured the country. The result was a book, "Views of Society and Manners in America" (1821). In 1829 she settled permanently in New York. She became famous for her radical ideas on which she frequently lectured; she advocated equal rights for women, birth control, the abolition of slavery and capital punishment, and equalization of wealth.
The Annual Report of the New-York Historical Society for the Year 1955, 1956, New York, frontispiece, p. 66. Catalogue of American Portraits in the New-York Historical Society, no. 1768, Vol. 2, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974, pp. 911-2. Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz, Attitudes toward Sex in Antebellum America, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006, p. 11.
Purchase, The Abbott-Lenox and Foster-Jarvis funds, and the James S. Cushman Bequest
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