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Juliette Gordon Low

Artist
Edward Hughes, 1832 - 1908
Sitter
Juliette Gordon Low, 31 Oct 1860 - 17 Jan 1927
Date
1887
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 133.4 x 96.5 x 2.5cm (52 1/2 x 38 x 1")
Frame: 167 x 130.8 x 10.2cm (65 3/4 x 51 1/2 x 4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America; Frame conserved with funds from the Smithsonian Women's Committee
Object number
NPG.73.5
Exhibition Label
Born Savannah, Georgia
Elegantly depicted by British artist Edward Hughes, Juliette Gordon Low radiates the luxury of elite American birth and marriage to a wealthy Englishman. Low’s satisfaction with her privileged lifestyle, however, soon faded. Following her unfaithful husband’s death, she became interested in the Girl Guides, an organization established by her friend, British general Sir Robert Baden-Powell, who had also founded the Boy Scouts. Working with disadvantaged girls living near her Scottish estate, Low became a troop leader, imparting practical skills to her charges. After creating troops in London, Low brought the idea to the United States, establishing a troop in 1912 in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia. Three years later, Low incorporated the Girl Scouts of America. Today the organization continues to inspire girls to pursue “the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens.”
Provenance
The sitter; remained at Juliette Low home in Savannah, later owned by the Girl Scouts of America; gift 1973 to NPG
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1900-1930 (re-installation 2012)
On View
NPG, South Gallery 322