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Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Unidentified Artist
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe, 14 Jun 1811 - 1 Jul 1896
Sixth-plate daguerreotype
Image (sight): 5.7 x 4.3cm (2 1/4 x 1 11/16")
Open half-case: 9.5 x 8.3cm (3 3/4 x 3 1/4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Born Litchfield, Connecticut
Harriet Beecher Stowe authored numerous articles, essays, and books during her long career, but it was her dramatic, antislavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin that brought her fame at home and abroad. First serialized in the National Era newspaper, Uncle Tom’s Cabin appeared in book form in 1852 and sold more than 300,000 copies during its first year in print. Lionized by Northern abolitionists and vili- fied by Southern slaveholders, Stowe became the subject of intense public interest. When requests for her portrait multiplied, she responded by posing for several daguerreotype likenesses that were soon copied and distributed widely.
Nacida en Litchfield, Connecticut
Harriet Beecher Stowe escribió numerosos artículos, ensayos y libros durante su larga carrera, pero fue su dramática novela antiesclavista La cabaña del tío Tom la que le trajo fama, tanto nacional como internacional. La novela apareció primero serializada en el periódico National Era y luego en forma de libro en 1852. Vendió más de 300,000 ejemplares el primer año. Adorada por los abolicionistas norteños y despreciada por los esclavistas sureños, Stowe fue objeto de intenso interés público. Ante las múltiples peticiones de un retrato suyo, posó para varios daguerrotipos que pronto se copiaron y distribu- yeron ampliamente.
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National Portrait Gallery
Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
On View
NPG, East Gallery 134