Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood, Kennebunk, ca. 1840

Contributed by Abplanalp Library, UNE


This is the only known extant photographic image of Maine's first novelist, Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood, known as "Madame Wood," who was about 80 years of age at this sitting.

Her first novel, Julia, and the illuminated baron / a novel: founded on recent facts, which have transpired in the course of the late revolution of moral principles in France was published in 1800.

She is wearing conservative clothing -- a style worn predominantly in an earlier era. The author probably wore black as a sign of mourning for the losses of many of her family members, including her last remaining child, a son.

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About This Item

  • Title: Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood, Kennebunk, ca. 1840
  • Creation Date: circa 1840
  • Subject Date: circa 1840
  • Town: Kennebunk
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Daguerreotype
  • Dimensions: 9.25 cm x 8 cm x 1.5 cm
  • Local Code: WSS - 1
  • Collection: Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Abplanalp Library, UNE
716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04103
(207) 221-4323

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