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Sarah Josepha Buell Hale

Artist
Auguste Edouart, 1788 - 1861
Sitter
Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, 24 Oct 1788 - 30 Apr 1879
Date
1842
Type
Silhouette
Medium
Ink, chalk and cut paper on paper
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 28 × 21.2 cm (11 × 8 3/8")
Mat (Verified): 55.9 × 40.6 cm (22 × 16")
Frame: 47.9 × 37.8 × 3.2 cm (18 7/8 × 14 7/8 × 1 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Robert L. McNeil, Jr.
Object number
NPG.91.126.55.B
Exhibition Label
Sarah Josepha Buell Hale was a thirty-four-year-old New Hampshire housewife when her husband died suddenly, leaving her with five small children to support. Putting her literary propensity to use, she published poetry and a novel. In 1828 she was offered the editorship of the Boston-based Ladies' Magazine (the first American periodical planned exclusively for women) and in 1837 was installed as literary editor of Louis Godey's Lady's Book. Hale promised her readers "literary excellence and artistic beauty, still keeping the moral tone onward and upward." A strong advocate for increased educational opportunities for women (within the accepted female sphere), Hale proclaimed that woman in the nineteenth century stood "side by side with man, a help-meet for him in all his pursuits and improvements."
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now
On View
NPG, North Gallery 220
Place
United States\Pennsylvania\Philadelphia\Philadelphia