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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Elizabeth Selden Rogers

This 1925 portrait of Elizabeth Selden Rogers (Mrs. John Rogers) hangs in the Belmont Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington, DC.
"Elizabeth Seldon Rogers (1868-1951) was a Suffragist and one of the Founders of the National Woman's Party. She was very active and was jailed in both Washington DC and the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia, for demonstrating her commitment to women's rights. Her brother-in-law (married to her sister, Mabel Wellington White) was Henry C. Stimson (1867-1950), who as the 45th U.S. Secretary of War from 1911-1913, promised to send the Cavalry to Fort Meyer to aid the women if necessary." -- National Woman's Party (note the difference in the spelling of Seldon/Selden.)
The  painter's name is transcribed as either "Fol. Rhotf" or "Fopryhoff". The latter is on the current label in the Belmont House; An earlier label said "painter unknown"

This photo of "Elizabeth Rogers, Of Clubwoman's Franchise League" appeared in The San Francisco Call Oct. 01, 1911 over an article entitled "Opponents of Equal Vote for Men and Women Lack Faith in Democracy" by Elizabeth Selden Rogers.

Mrs. Rogers was one of the stars of the "Prison Special" bus tour in which the suffragists who had been arrested for protesting in front of the White House spoke of their imprisonment.  In this 1915 photo Elizabeth Seldon Rogers speaks from the "Suffrage Shop" to a group of men in hats.

"Photograph shows civic leader and suffragist Elizabeth Selden White Rogers (1868-1950) at the suffrage van, a mobile speaker's platform and shop promoting women's suffrage. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2012 and New York Times, Oct. 19, 1915)" -- Library of Congress.

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