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Jane Addams

Artist:
George de Forest Brush, 28 Sep 1855 - 24 Apr 1941
Sitter:
Jane Addams, 6 Sep 1860 - 21 May 1935
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Painting
Date:
1906
Topic:
Jane Addams: Literature\Writer
Jane Addams: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Social Reformer
Jane Addams: Society and Social Change\Social Worker
Jane Addams: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Peace
Jane Addams: Nobel Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; partial gift of Mrs. Nancy Pierce York and Mrs. Grace Pierce Forbes
Object number:
NPG.78.48
Exhibition Label:
Jane Addams was among the first of the college-educated women of the late nineteenth century to escape the social and cultural constraints limiting professional women to teaching and missionary work. As low wages, long hours, and wretched living conditions became the norm for America's urban industrial workers, many, including Addams, were disturbed by the specter of a permanently oppressed lower class ruled by a privileged elite. In 1889, Addams, having admired settlement houses (neighborhood social welfare centers) in London, established Hull-House in a Chicago slum, the second settlement house in the United States. Within a decade, it offered practical education and a myriad of opportunities to the poor. With the sponsorship of Chicago's wealthy women, Hull-House became the most influential and innovative of the 400 settlement houses in the United States before World War I.
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Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1900-1930 (re-installation 2012)
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 322
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
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