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Margaret Fuller

Margaret Fuller
Thomas Hicks, 18 Oct 1823 - 8 Oct 1890
Margaret Fuller, 23 May 1810 - 19 Jul 1850
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 41.9 x 31.8cm (16 1/2 x 12 1/2")
Frame: 71.1 x 53.3 x 6.4cm (28 x 21 x 2 1/2")
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Gift of Constance Fuller Threinen, great-granddaughter of Margaret Fuller's brother, the Rev. Arthur Buckminster Fuller, who was a Unitarian minister in Boston, a chaplain in the Civil War, and was killed at the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862
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Drowned in a shipwreck, Margaret Fuller is the tragic heroine of the Transcendentalist movement-an idealistic American literary and philosophical movement that stressed the unity of all creation-and the first major woman intellectual in American history. Eccentric, beguiling, and at times maddeningly erratic, Fuller had an electric impact on her mostly male colleagues, not least because she was a talented editor and writer on contemporary culture. She edited the Transcendentalist journal The Dial with Ralph Waldo Emerson and George Ripley and became a critic for Horace Greeley's New York Tribune. In 1839 she began a conversation group among Boston's women that led to the treatise Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845). While traveling in Europe, where she assisted in the cause of Italian nationalism, she married an Italian marchese. She and her family died on their return voyage to the United States.
Margaret Fuller [1810-1850]; Arthur Buckminster Fuller [1822-1862]; Arthur Ossoli Fuller [1856-1936]; George Minot Fuller [1891-?]; Constance Fuller Threinen; gift to NPG in 2016.
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National Portrait Gallery
American Origins
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NPG, East Gallery 122