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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Harriet Tubman

This 1995 portrait of Harriet Tubman by Joseph Keene hangs in the Harriet Tubman Museum in Cambridge Maryland.
 “Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross; c.?1822 – March 10, 1913) was an American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War.

Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era was an active participant in the struggle for women's suffrage.” -- Wikipedia
 Joseph Keene Reg '95

The painting is of a considerably younger Tubman in the same pose and cloths as this famous photo (c. 1885) by Horatio Seymour Squyer.

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