Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wife, Spy

This marvelous portrait of Margaret Kemble Gage is by John Singleton Copley. Read about her here.

American-born Margaret appears to have spied on her British general husband--and father of her many children--on behalf of the American revolutionaries. What a difficult decision to make. And she winds up being shipped off to England, so she doesn't get to stay in the new country she helped.

This portrait is from 1771, but she almost looks like she knows what's going to happen!

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