Sarah Wentworth Apthorp was the daughter of James and Sarah (Wentworth) Apthorp of Boston. She married Perez Morton, a lawyer of Boston, in 1781. Throughout the 1790s her poetry, published under the pseudonym Philenia, won her fame at home and abroad; she was called the American Sappho. Mrs. Morton met Gilbert Stuart in 1802 when she visited Philadelphia and they became great friends. He painted her likeness three times: Staigg copied the portrait now owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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The Thomas Jefferson Bryan Collection
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