Women's Heritage TrailPatience Lovell Wright was America's first professional sculptor and a self-appointed Revolutionary War spy. A native of Bordentown, she lived in this house after her marriage to Joseph Wright in 1748. She learned from her sister, Rachel, how to sculpt wax figurines and the two women created wax exhibits, which they took on tour, receiving commissions for portraits. Patience Wright was the first American artist to focus on creating wax figurines of living figures, traveling to London to seek new subjects for her sculptures. While in London, Wright met Ben Franklin, who introduced her to many prominent members of London society, and she was commissioned to create sculptures of the king and queen of England. As relations worsen between England and America, Wright took it upon herself to become a spy and sent information home to America hidden in wax heads. The only remaining full-size work of Wright's that exists today is a wax figure displayed in Westminster Abbey, London. Wright remained in England for the rest of her life. "A woman of remarkable intelligence and conversational powers, whose life-sized figures and busts of contemporary notabilities and historical groups were superior to anything of the kind previously seen." Comment regarding Patience Lowell Wright in the Dictionary of National Biography.
|Placed By||Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Historic Trust and Department of Environmental Protection, Historic Preservation Office|
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|Date Added||Friday, September 11th, 2015 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 524375 N 4444275|
|Decimal Degrees||40.14846667, -74.71381667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 8.908', W 74° 42.829'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 8' 54.48" N, 74° 42' 49.74" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 100 Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown NJ 08505, US|
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