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Alice Cary (1820–1871)

Object Name: Portrait
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Medium: Oil on linen
Dimensions: Overall: 31 × 26 × 1 in. (78.7 × 66 × 2.5 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Rufus W. Griswold
Object Number: 1857.4
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Miss Cary was one of nine children born to Robert and Elizabeth (Jessup) Cary on their pioneer homestead a few miles north of Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a self-educated poet, and her literary interests carried her to New York in 1850. Cary was the author of "Pictures of Country Life" (1859), "The Bishop's Son" (1867), and "Snow-Berries" (1867), and a frequent contributor to such popular periodicals as "Harper's," Putnam's Monthly," and "Atlantic Monthly."