Join us to welcome John Singleton Copley’s 1770-72 original oil portrait of Judith Sargent Murray back to Cape Ann! The portrait will be on view through March 2020 in collaboration with the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Sargent House Museum. Free for CAM/SHM members or with Museum admission. Space is limited; reservations required. Sign up online at Eventbrite or call (978) 283-0455 x10.
Offered in conjunction with Our Souls Are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray.
To advance scholarship and contribute to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Sargent House Museum, the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Cape Ann Museum and The Sargent House Museum have partnered to organize a special exhibition and educational programming focused on the life and legacy of Judith Sargent Murray (1751–1820). During her lifetime, Murray’s advocacy for equality between the sexes made her as well known as Abigail Adams and Martha Washington. Today Murray’s story continues to resonate, inspiring women and men alike to work for equality and justice for all. In addition to Copley’s portrait, the exhibition will include two of Murray’s letterbooks on loan from the Mississippi State Archives, and correspondence between Murray and President George Washington, on loan from the Library of Congress.
John Singleton Copley, American, 1738–1815. Portrait of Mrs. John Stevens (Judith Sargent, later Mrs. John Murray), 1770–72. Oil on canvas (50 x 40 in. unframed). Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund. Photography ©Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago.