In April 1791, Elizabeth "Betsy" DePeyster, the daughter of a New York City merchant, travelled to Philadelphia where she met Charles Willson Peale, an American portrait painter. Peale, a widower, was searching for a new wife and a mother for his six children. Upon observing the "serious motherly appearance" of Betsy, then twenty-six, Peale knew he had found the right woman. On May 23, after a brief courtship and secret engagement, Betsy's father blessed their union.


  • Title: Elizabeth Depeyster Peale
  • Creator: James Peale
  • Date Created: 1795
  • Physical Dimensions: h7 x w5.9 cm (Ivory)
  • Type: Watercolor on ivory
  • Rights: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Museum of American History, gift of the CIGNA Corporation Conserved with funds from the Smithsonian Women's Committee
  • External Link: https://npg.si.edu/object/npg_S_NPG.2009.49
  • Classification: Painting

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