Sargent House Museum

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The Sargent House Museum, in Gloucester Massachusetts, was built in the high-Georgian style in 1782 for Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820), one of America's earliest feminists. Judith wrote letters, essays, poems and plays advocating a woman's right to equal education, marriage partnership, and the right to paid work. She wrote her seminal essay, "On the Equality of the Sexes" (1790) here in the Writing Closet.

The Museum houses a remarkable collection of early American decorative arts and portraits, as well as original works by the artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Judith’s great-grand nephew, who helped preserve the house.