Aimé Dupont Studio - Ethel Smyth, 1903

Aimé Dupont Studio (active New York and Newport, 1886 - 1950s)

Ethel Smyth, 1903

Platinum print , 27.8 x 20 cm (10 15/16 x 7 7/8 in.)


Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) was the first woman composer to become a Dame of the British Empire; her opera “The Wreckers” is among the most important English operas. She dedicated her talents to supporting her political beliefs: her song “The March of the Women” was the anthem of the women’s suffrage movement. Isabella Stewart Gardner met Smyth through the artist John Singer Sargent and invited her to lunch at the museum in 1903. Gardner supported women’s educational and social advancement, and she undoubtedly admired Smyth’s dedication to her cause.