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Lucretia Coffin Mott

Artist
Joseph Kyle, 1815 - 1863
Sitter
Lucretia Coffin Mott, 3 Jan 1793 - 11 Nov 1880
Date
1842
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 76.8 x 64.1 x 2.5cm (30 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 1")
Frame: 91.8 x 78.7 x 6cm (36 1/8 x 31 x 2 3/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mrs. Alan Valentine
Object number
NPG.74.72
Exhibition Label
Lucretia Mott was of the liberal wing of the Society of Friends (Quakers), and she received an early schooling in debate and oratory by traveling with her husband to Quaker meetings throughout the country. The Quakers were a major force in antislavery agitation, and Mott naturally gravitated to the issue, helping to found Philadelphia's Female Anti-Slavery Society. Mott held that women had a special position in the reform of society, and she soon began to consider women's rights as essential in furthering the reform platform. With Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she organized the Seneca Falls, New York, convention in 1848 that launched the women's civil rights movement in the United States. As she wrote: "Let woman then go on-not asking favors, but claiming as a right the removal of all hindrances to her elevation in the scale of being."
Provenance
Mrs. Hendon Chubb, Orange, New Jersey; her niece Mrs. Alan Valentine, Princeton, New Jersey; gift 1974 to NPG
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 122