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A Will of Their Own:
Judith Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic

April 20, 2012 through Sept. 2, 2013

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Meet eight remarkable women from the early days of this nation. This installation brings together eight portraits of prominent American women. Centered around an oil painting of Judith Murray by John Singleton Copley (c. 1769)—loaned by the Terra Foundation for American Art (TFAA)—these portraits showcase the important achievements of women during this period. Together, they also demonstrate the early efforts to gain gender equality in America. Through the installation, accompanying educational programming and symposium, the Portrait Gallery will focus attention on a remarkable group of women and add to the understanding about the contested nature of gender during this period. It is a part of the ongoing permanent installation “American Origins.”

This exhibition has been organized by the National Portrait Gallery in partnership with the Terra Foundation for American Art. This exhibition and all related publications and programs are sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Exhibition curators are Wendy Wick Reaves, curator of prints and drawings, and Frank Goodyear, associate curator of photographs.

Oct. 19; 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Registration information will be posted here in August 2012.



Abigail Smith Adams | by Mather Brown | Oil on canvas, 1785 | Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York; bequest from the Estate of Frances J. Eggleston, Oswego, New York | Photograph by Richard Walker

Phillis Wheatley | by Unidentified Artist | Engraving on paper, 1773 | National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution | NPG.77.2

Portrait of Mrs. John Stevens (Judith Sargent Murray) | by John Singleton Copley | Oil on canvas, c. 1769 | Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund | 2000.6


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