Sarah Goodridge

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Miniature Painting, Sarah Goodridge Self Portrait.jpg
Self portrait, 1830.
Born (1788-02-05)February 5, 1788
Templeton, Massachusetts
Died December 28, 1853(1853-12-28) (aged 65)
Known for Portrait miniature

Sarah Goodridge (February 5, 1788 – December 28, 1853) was an American painter who specialized in portrait miniatures. She was the older sister of Elizabeth Goodridge, also an American miniaturist.


Goodridge was born in Templeton, Massachusetts, the sixth child and third daughter of Ebenezer Goodridge and his wife Beulah Childs.[citation needed] At an early age, she began drawing and showed an aptitude for art. Women's educational opportunities were limited at the time and where Goodridge lived, so she was essentially a self-taught artist.[according to whom?]

In 1820, she went to live with her sister Eliza in Boston[1][2] and began receiving lessons and painting miniature portraits of exceptional quality. Her work continued to improve and she earned enough from commissions to support herself and her family for several decades. Her paintings were exhibited in Boston and Washington D.C.. After her eyesight failed in 1851, she retired from painting and settled in Reading, Massachusetts.[3]

Among Goodridge's most interesting and personal works is a miniature portrait of her own bared breasts, entitled Beauty Revealed, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Executed in 1828, it was presented by the artist to her close friend, correspondent, and occasional subject, Daniel Webster. The work was included in the retrospective, "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions."[4]

Beauty Revealed was the inspiration for a miniature painted by the fictional heroine of Blindspot: A Novel (New York, 2008), by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Sarah Goodrich, miniature painter, West St. Boston Directory, 1823
  2. ^ Sarah Goodridge, miniature painter, no.5 Myrtle Street. Boston Almanac, 1841, 1847; Boston Directory, 1850
  3. ^ Carol Kort, Liz Sonneborn (2002). A to Z of American Women in the Visual Arts. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 9781438107912. 
  4. ^ Citter, Holland (October 23, 2008). "A Banquet of World Art, 30 Years in the Making". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 


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