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dc.contributor.advisorRather, Susan
dc.creatorShoultz, Amy Elizabethen
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-04T17:47:52Zen
dc.date.available2015-05-04T17:47:52Zen
dc.date.issued2008-05en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/29670en
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dc.description.abstractIn 1800, Gilbert Stuart began three paintings of his friend, republican writer, Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton--the Worcester, Winterthur, and Boston portraits. While Morton has been remembered more for a tragic personal family scandal than for her literary endeavors, Stuart's provocative images acknowledged her as both a poet and an intellect. His portraits presented a progressive and potentially controversial interpretation of his sitter--the lovely and learned Morton--by prioritizing the writer's life of the mind rather than her socially prescribed life in the world. This study reconstructs the circumstances by which Stuart composed the group of Morton paintings that culminate in his unorthodox Worcester rendering through which he ultimately depicted Morton as the first woman of ideas in American art. Supported by close readings of her work, this dissertation illuminates both the course and depth of the exceptional personal and professional relationship between Morton and Stuart. The paths of the two republican figures crossed at several historic junctures and is highlighted by the interconnectivity of their work. Most significantly, the Stuart portraits represent an ideal lens through which to view Morton's life and work as well as to follow the Boston native's transformation into one of America's earliest women of ideas.en
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dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subjectGilbert Stuarten
dc.subjectSarah Wentworth Apthorp Mortonen
dc.subjectAmerican paintingen
dc.subjectAmerican arten
dc.subjectWoman of ideasen
dc.subjectWorcester portraiten
dc.titleA revolutionary idea : Gilbert Stuart paints Sarah Morton as the first woman of ideas in American arten
dc.typeThesisen
dc.description.departmentAmerican Studiesen
thesis.degree.departmentAmerican Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineAmerican Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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