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Charles Willson Peale and His Family

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Publisher: Yale University Press (1996)

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Charles Willson Peale (1741 –1827) was an American painter, soldier and naturalist. He is best remembered for his portrait paintings of leading figures of the American Revolution, as well as establishing one of the first museums in Pennsylvania. This comprehensive edition contain more than 5,500 items dating from approximately 1735 to 1885 including lectures, journals, diaries, sketchbooks, correspondence, and Peale’s autobiography. Three of his sons, Rembrandt Peale, Raphaelle Peale, and Titian Peale, became noted artists as well.

A Microfiche Edition by Kraus International Publications of 449 microfiche provides more than 5,500 items, including lectures, journals, diaries, sketchbooks, and correspondence.

Complete in five volumes.


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"The Artist in His Museum," by Charles Willson Peale, 8122. Courtesy Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art


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