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Elizabeth Fry

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Elizabeth Fry, by Samuel Drummond, circa 1815 - NPG 118 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Elizabeth Fry

by Samuel Drummond
watercolour on ivory, circa 1815
4 1/2 in. x 3 1/4 in. (114 mm x 83 mm)
Purchased, 1861
Primary Collection
NPG 118


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  • Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845), Prison reformer. Sitter in 6 portraits.

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  • Samuel Drummond (1765-1844), Portrait and history painter. Artist associated with 55 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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A member of a Norfolk Quaker family, Elizabeth Fry took up the ministry after her marriage. She became became greatly concerned about the condition of women prisoners at Newgate, where the overcrowding of innocent and guilty alike was appalling. A visiting American minister said, 'the wretched outcasts have been tamed and subdued by the Christian eloquence of Mrs Fry', but it was her introduction of a matron, proper supplies of clothing and a school that really helped. In this portrait Fry is shown with a barred prison window and a book, probably the Bible, before her.

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