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Gilbert Stuart


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

Creation Date

ca. 1823


19th century


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

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, American

Medium and Support

oil on canvas

Credit Line

Gift of Edward D. Jameson


Public Domain

Accession Number

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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