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Video On American Motherhood, Theodore Roosevelt, 1905
An excerpt from a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt in Washington on March 13, 1905, before the National Congress of Mothers, in which he discusses the role of women and their dispositions as mothers. Text is transcribed from William Jennings Bryan's book, The World’s Famous Orations; America:III (1861–1905), which is printed from a copy furnished by the President.
Video Photograph of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas in the apartment at 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris, 1922
A photograph of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas in their apartment at 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris. Here, Gertrude held a salon that was home to artists such as Matisse, Picasso, and Hemingway. Photograph: Man Ray; private collection, San Francisco; © Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
Video Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Pablo Picasso, 1907
Painted by Picasso in Paris during the summer of 1907, this painting is seen as a transitional piece in Picasso's work: as his attempt to bridge the gap between his previous works and the style of Cubism that he helped invent and define. It shows five nude women gathered around some grapes and apples, standing in seductive poses.
Video Portrait of Thelma Wood, taken by Berenice Abbott, 1920
A portrait of Thelma Wood taken by her former lover, photographer Berenice Abbott, taken in Paris after they ended their relationship.
Video Letter From Addison Metcalf to Henriette Metcalf, 1941
A letter written by Addison Metcalf to his mother Henriette, expressing happiness over a recent visit, a mishap at work, and an update on his health. Written in ink on parchment paper.
Video Pencil Sketch, Thelma Wood
A pencil sketch done by Thelma Wood in her personal sketchbook, possibly showing two women embracing in a kiss.
Video Photograph, Henriette Alice Metcalf and Child
A photograph of Henriette Alice Metcalf and a child taken on a family trip to Mississippi in 1905. In the foreground is Henriette supporting a child who is identified as Shelby in the family album. In the background, one sees a fragment of a building with wooden paneling and shuttered windows.
Video My Wife and Daughter, Willard Metcalf, 1917
A painting, oil on canvas, of Willard Metcalf's second wife, Henriette Metcalf, and their daughter, Rosalind. Henriette, shown on the left, sits upright holding a piece of cloth, while her daughter, on the right, mimics her actions. Neither subject are looking at the painter. His long, thick brushstrokes and muted palate create a sense of tranquil domesticity.