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Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
Dorothea Lynde Dix, 4 Apr 1802 - 18 Jul 1887  Search this
Medium:
Half-plate daguerreotype
Dimensions:
Image: 14 x 10.8cm (5 1/2 x 4 1/4")
Case Open: 15.4 x 24.4 x 1.3cm (6 1/16 x 9 5/8 x 1/2")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1849
Exhibition Label:
Born Hampden, Maine
In 1841, teacher, humanitarian, and reformer Dorothea Dix launched a vigorous campaign to secure humane treatment for those living with mental illness. At a time when these individuals were more often imprisoned and abused than cared for and treated, Dix became a tireless advocate for their welfare. Personally investigating the “cages, cellars, stalls, [and] pens” in which they were confined and reported her findings in speeches and articles, as well as in the petitions she submitted to lawmakers. Thanks to her efforts, such institutions were greatly expanded and improved.
Nacida en Hampden, Maine
En 1841, la maestra, humanitaria y reformista Dorothea Dix lanzó una vigorosa campaña por el trato compasivo de los que vivían con enfermedades mentales. En tiempos en que lo común era confinar y maltratar a estas personas, en vez de darles cuidado y tratamiento, Dix fue una defensora incansable de su bienestar. Investigó personalmente las “jaulas, sótanos, cubículos [y] corrales” donde se les recluía y divulgó sus hallazgos en conferencias, artículos y peticiones a los legisladores. Gracias a sus esfuerzos, se lograron notables mejoras y ampliaciones en dichas instituciones.
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Printed Material\Document  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Equipment\Drafting & Writing Implements\Writing implement\Pen\Quill  Search this
Container\Inkwell  Search this
Cased object  Search this
Dorothea Lynde Dix: Female  Search this
Dorothea Lynde Dix: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist  Search this
Dorothea Lynde Dix: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Humanitarian  Search this
Dorothea Lynde Dix: Health and Medicine\Nurse  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.77.261
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 134
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm450453c3b-6af5-4046-ae0a-f105b4dbc4b0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.77.261