Miniature self-portrait, Sarah Goodridge, circa 1825.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Sarah Goodridge was a leading painter of miniatures in pre-Civil War Boston. An unusually successful female artist for the times, Sarah was able to support her family through her artwork. She received commissions from notable figures such as Daniel Webster and Gilbert Stuart. Her work was exhibited at the annual exhibitions of the Boston Athenaeum between 1827 and 1835.