Copy of a Portrait of Tabitha Brown


Copy of a Portrait of Tabitha Brown


Copy of a portrait of Tabitha Moffatt Brown (1780-1858). She is known for her account of crossing the Oregon Trail in 1846 at age 66. She founded a school for orphans in Forest Grove, Oregon, which later grew into Pacific University. This portrait, which is the only known image of Tabitha Brown, has been reproduced many times. This particular copy is an 20th century reproduction, probably dating from the 1920s-1950, and is rather distorted: it is probably a copy of a copy. The original portrait from which it derives was created before Tabitha Brown's death in 1858, most likely between 1853-1858, based on the availability of portrait photography in Oregon at that time.

Date Created

circa 1853-1858 (original); circa 1920-1949 (copy)





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