"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Clara Barton


This steel engraving by Samuel Sartain appeared in Woman's Work in the Civil War, 1867, by Linus Pierpont Brockett M.D. and Mary C. Vaughn.
“Clarissa ‘Clara’ Harlowe Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was a pioneering nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, a teacher, and patent clerk. Nursing education was not very formalized at that time and Clara did not attend nursing school, so she provided self-taught nursing care. Barton is noteworthy for doing humanitarian work at a time when relatively few women worked outside the home.” – Wikipedia
 Miss Clara H. Barton.

The Library of Congress has this half-tone of the photo on which this engraving seems to be based. It is according to the caption “taken in Civil War and authorized by her as the one she wished to be remembered by”

Clara Barton
From portrait taken in Civil War and authorized
by her as the one she wished to be remembered by

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