18th Century American Women is a blog dedicated to eighteenth century portraits featuring women and the history behind both the subjects and artists of these portraits. Authored by Barbara Wells Sarudy, this blog features portraits by John Singleton Copley, Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauvior, and a number of other North American and European artists. For instance, one recent entry discusses a 1729 portrait of Deborah Lyde Brinley, aka "Mrs. Francis Brinley," who was painted with her infant son by John Smibert. In another recent entry, Sarudy writes about Mary Katherine Goddard, who was the first woman to serve as postmaster in colonial America. She also penned editorials in the Maryland Journal in favor of U.S. independence and authored a series of popular almanacs. Visitors can read a series of letters she exchanged with George Washington, who refused to reinstate her as postmaster after she was replaced with a man (or, as Goddard was told, with "a younger person able to ride a horse.") This blog may appeal not only to art fans, but also to those interested in eighteenth century history.
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