The Early Modern Commons

18th-century American Women

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Abigail Smith Adams (1744-1818), Mrs. John Adams - 1st To Occupy The White House

30 July 2017

Abigail Smith Adams (Mrs. John Adams), by Gilbert Stuart, ca. 1800-1815. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. First Lady Abigail Adams is remembered as the 1st to live in the White...

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington 1731-1802 (Mrs George Washington) & Slavery

14 July 2017

1790s Christian Gullager 1759-1826 George Washington.When George Washington took over Mount Vernon at age 22, there were 18 slaves. When he married he gained control of 200 more which...

Abigail Smith Adams (1744-1818), Mrs. John Adams, Disagrees with George Washington's Ownership of Slaves

4 July 2017

Abigail Smith Adams (1744-1818), Mrs. John Adams, by Gilbert Stuart, ca. 1800-1815. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.Elizabeth Bissell Miller, “Abigail Adams,”...

Portrait of an 18C American Woman

15 June 2017

1795 Mrs. Joseph Anthony Jr. (Henrietta Hillegas) Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755–1828) The Met tells us that Mrs. Joseph Anthony Jr., born Henrietta Hillegas in 1766, was one...