Charles Willson Peale: 8 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Self-Portrait with Angelica and Portrait of Rachel (c. 1782-1785) by Charles Willson PealeThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

'Charles Willson Peale painted a number of self-portraits throughout his career, but this work stands as one of the most complex and revealing of the artist's statements about his art and its close relationship to among such issues as family domesticity, family enterprise, and the educational role of science and art.'

Portrait of Robert Hazlehurst (1782/1782) by Charles Willson PealeHigh Museum of Art

'In the same year that this portrait was painted Peale began his most famous project, a series of portraits of famous men, including several Revolutionary War heroes.'

Francis Bailey (1791) by Charles Willson Peale (American, b.1741, d.1827)Cincinnati Art Museum

'Peale shows Bailey proudly holding up a printing block, an emblem of his preeminence in his profession, for the viewer's admiration.'

Mary Chew Elliott (1791/1791) by Charles Willson PealeChrysler Museum of Art

'A tireless patriot, scientist, and patriarch, Peale established the country's first museums (in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York) and fathered a dynasty of American artists.'

Mary O'Donnell (1791/1791) by Charles Willson PealeChrysler Museum of Art

'A tireless patriot, scientist, and patriarch, Peale established the country's first museums (in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York) and fathered a dynasty of American artists. Peale's portraits of three generations of women in the Elliott and O'Donnell families, an illustrious Baltimore mercantile clan, highlight the virtues appropriate to each stage of an eighteenth-century woman's life: a child's innocence, a young matron's beauty and devotion, and the mature piety of a grandmother.'

Eleanor Miller (Mrs. Francis Bailey) (1791) by Charles Willson Peale (American, b.1741, d.1827)Cincinnati Art Museum

'Peale was undoubtedly good company for Francis Bailey (accession number 1957.146), who shared his political views.'

Sarah Chew Elliott O'Donnell (1791/1791) by Charles Willson PealeChrysler Museum of Art

'Charles Willson Peale is a monumental figure in the history of American art.'

David Rittenhouse (1796) by Charles Willson PealeSmithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

'Charles Willson Peale painted his friend (and collaborator in experiments to improve rifles during the Revolution) seated before a large reflecting telescope-perhaps the one bequeathed to him by Benjamin Franklin-pointing to a comet in orbit.'

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