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Frederick Douglass' Paper
Unsigned Reprint
Rochester: 20 January 1854

PORTRAIT OF THE AUTHOR OF "UNCLE TOM'S CABIN."

  There has been placed on exhibition at the National Theatre, in this city, a portrait of Mrs. Harriet B. Stowe, executed by Mr. Fisher, at the request of Mr. Purdy. According to the picture, the distinguished writer is quite a good-looking woman, apparently about forty-five years of age. She is dressed in a high-necked black dress. A splendid gilt frame incloses the portrait, and another frame of polished mahogany, about four feet high and three feet wide, with a plate-glass front, protects it from injury. The cost of the portrait and frames was five hundred and sixty dollars, and the manager of the National incurred the expense in consequence of the great success of Uncle Tom's Cabin at his place of amusement. At the bottom of the portrait frame is the following inscription:

"MRS. HARRIET BEECHER STOWE.

AUTHORESS OF

UNCLE TOM'S CABIN

Painted from life by ALANSON FISHER.

FOR A. H. PURDY.

Of the

NATIONAL THEATRE,

NEW YORK."

  A letter accompanies the picture from Mr. C. E. Stowe. He says "that he is better satisfied with Mr. Fisher's portrait of Mrs. Stowe than with any other attempt of the kind which he has seen. Every feature is exactly copied, and the general expression is pleasant, life-like and natural. On the whole, to his eye, it is a handsome picture and a good likeness."

  A full-length portrait of little Cordelia Howard, the wonderful "Eva" of Uncle Tom's Cabin, should be placed by the side of the portrait of Mrs. Stowe. If it were not for the acting of this little child, the drama would lose one of its principal attractions.—Evening Post.