Portrait of Tabitha Brown


Portrait of Tabitha Brown


Portrait of Tabitha 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 a 19th century albumen print, produced by the Salem studio W. P. Johnson, and was probably created in the 1870s or 1880s. However, the original upon which it is based was created before her 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); 1875-1889 (copy)


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W. P. Johnson