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Mrs. Charles A. Lamb (Martha Joanna Nash, 1829–1893)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1878
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Medium: Oil on millboard
Dimensions: Sight: 14 3/4 in. × 24 in. (37.5 × 61 cm) Unframed: 15 1/2 × 24 3/4 in. (39.4 × 62.9 cm) Framed: 26 3/4 in. × 36 in. × 4 in. (67.9 × 91.4 × 10.2 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Charles A. Lamb
Object Number: 1893.2
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Martha Joanna Nash, the daughter of Arvin and Lucinda (Vinton) Nash, was born in Plainfield, Massachusetts. She married Charles A. Lamb in 1852 and lived in Chicago the next fourteen years. She moved to New York in 1866 and embarked on a literary career, writing many short stories for magazines as well as a novel, "Spicy," which was published in 1873. However, her 2-volume "History of the City of New York" (1877-81) was her first work to win wide acclaim.

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"In Focus: Portrait and Small Paintings from the Society's Collections," New-York Historical Society, January 9, 2001–March 24, 2002.