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Charles Willson Peale: David Rittenhouse, 1796
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Charles Willson Peale

[American Colonial Era Painter, 1741-1827]

• Relationships: Father of 17 children, including the artists Raphaelle Peale, Rembrandt Peale, Rubens Peale and Titian Peale.
Brother of James Peale.
Uncle of Charles Peale Polk.
Studied under Benjamin West.
• Subject matter:  Specializes in Portraits.
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Original works by Charles Willson Peale available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas   NEW!
(There is a "Download" link for zooming in on some works, but confusingly this may take a while to become active)

Notable SiteCharles Willson Peale at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
4 works online

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!  

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas  
Self-Portrait with Angelica and Portrait of Rachel, ca.1782-85

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Paintings collection online

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteCharles Willson Peale at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Notable SiteYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut  
Mrs. Walter Stewart (Deborah McClenachan)

Notable SiteYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut  
William Buckland

Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
David Rittenhouse

Brooklyn Museum, New York City

Brooklyn Museum/Luce Center for American Art, New York City
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Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio   NEW!
4 portraits online

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina
General George Washington

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
A new museum which, when we last checked, had not yet opened to the public
George Washington, ca.1780-82

Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
James Madison, 1792

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Portrait of Robert Hazlehurst, 1782

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

La Salle University Art Museum, Philadelphia
David Gelston, 1792

Maryland State Archives

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York
John Beale Bordley

Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
Elizabeth McClure

Charles Willson Peale at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.
Portrait of Benjamin Rush
Portrait of David Rittenhouse

Charles Willson Peale at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.
3 portraits

National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Charles Waterton, 1824

New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut
New England Merchant, 1765

New-York Historical Society

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma
George Washington

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Robinson, 1795

Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio

The Huntington Library, California

The Walters Art Museum, Maryland   NEW!

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
(Images are zoomable; click on the "expand" icon below the detail image)
Portrait of Isabella and John Stewart, ca.1775

U.S. Senate Art Collection
George Washington at Princeton

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
William Smith and His Grandson, 1788

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
Charles Pettit, 1792

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
Charles Pettit, 1792

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventories
List of works nationwide from two sources: the Inventory of American Paintings Executed before 1914 and the Inventory of American Sculpture (only a few percent of listings have an accompanying image)

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteCharles Willson Peale at The Art Renewal Center

Notable SiteCharles Willson Peale at The Athenaeum  
40 works online by Peale

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

California State University WorldImages Database  

Charles Willson Peale at CGFA  

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

RKD Netherlands Imagebase   NEW!
Eclectic database of images that range from old black-and-white photos to superb, zoomable reproductions

The History Project at U.C. Davis  

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Miscellaneous Sites:
Maryland ArtSource

The Fine Arts Conservancy, Florida
Interesting before-and-after examples of artwork restorations

Why We Think Nature is Beautiful
Illustrated article by Eugene C. Hargrove

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Charles Willson Peale  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteRKD Netherlands Institute for Art History  

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia

Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
Captain James Josiah, 1787

Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
Colonel Henry Beekman Livingston, ca.1780

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
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America's Old Masters: West, Copley, Peale and Stuart


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