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Portrait of Mrs. Thomas C. Upham (née Phebe Lord)



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Portrait of Mrs. Thomas C. Upham (née Phebe Lord)
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Artist

Gilbert Stuart

Title

Portrait of Mrs. Thomas C. Upham (née Phebe Lord)

Creation Date

ca. 1823

Medium & Support

oil on canvas

Dimensions

30 7/16 in. x 25 1/2 in. (77.31 cm x 64.77 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Edward D. Jameson

Accession Number

1919.1

Copyright

Public Domain

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Gilbert Stuart’s portrait captures Phebe Lord Upham at age twenty. Born into a wealthy family in Kennebunkport, Maine, she moved to Brunswick in 1825 after marrying Thomas C. Upham, a Bowdoin professor of mental and moral philosophy. Early and staunch supporters of the antislavery movement, the Uphams became friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe and her husband Calvin, after they moved to Brunswick in 1850. Phebe Lord Upham was also an outspoken voice in protesting the rule that forbade women from speaking in church meetings. She met often with the pastor of the First Parish Church to argue with him about this restriction.
 
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