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Elizabeth Cady Stanton: A Painting


“Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  As part of my research for my book about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, I went to the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.,  to view a bust of SBA and portraits of many of the people I was writing about– Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass and this one of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  It was painted by Anna Klumpke during Stanton’s six month visit in 1887 with her son  Theodore and his family who lived in Paris, France. “I am quite pleased with the result,” ECS wrote to her son Robert,  “I sit in a large ruby-colored velvet chair, dressed in black satin and black lace around the throat and hands. Nothing white in the picture but my head and hands. My right hand rests in my lap, my left on the arm of the chair holding my gold spectacles. A little table on my left contains one volume of the Woman Suffrage History and two pamphlets.”

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