Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1741-04-15
Death 1827-02-22
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Philadelphia painter and naturalist.

From the description of ALS : Philadelphia, to David Porter, 1823 Nov. 30. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 86165786

Charles Willson Peale was an artist and naturalist.

From the description of Sketchbook, 1801. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173465905

From the description of Portrait list, [ca. 1772]. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122439811

From the description of Daybooks, 1805-1823, 1810-1824. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 154298098

From the description of Memorandum book, 1794-[ca. 1810]. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 86165415

From the description of Autobiography, [1790]-1904. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 86165438

From the description of Diaries, 1765-1826. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122608767

From the guide to the Charles Willson Peale diaries, 1765-1826, 1765-1826, (American Philosophical Society)

From the guide to the The collected papers of Charles Willson Peale and his family, 1735-1885 (inclusive), [microform]., 1735-1885, (American Philosophical Society)

From the guide to the Charles Willson Peale portrait list, [ca. 1772], Circa 1772, (American Philosophical Society)

From the description of Letterbooks, 1767-1827. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122488728

From the guide to the Charles Willson Peale memorandum book, 1794-[ca. 1810], 1794-1810, (American Philosophical Society)

From the guide to the Autobiography, [1790]-1904, Circa 1790-1904, (American Philosophical Society)

From the guide to the Charles Willson Peale daybooks, 1805-1823, 1810-1824, 1805-1824, (American Philosophical Society)

From the guide to the Charles Willson Peale letterbooks, 1767-1827, 1767-1827, (American Philosophical Society)

Charles Willson Peale was an American painter, soldier and naturalist. He is well known for his portrait paintings of leading figures of the American Revolution, as well as establishing one of the first museums.

From the description of Military Journal, 1776-1777. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 758526701

Charles Willson Peale was an artist and naturalist. His museum was the first to be scientifically organized and open to the American public on a regular basis.

From the description of Account book, 1785-1795. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122632815

From the guide to the Charles Willson Peale account book, 1785-1795, 1785-1795, (American Philosophical Society)

Sir Joseph Banks was an English naturalist and president of the Royal Society.

From the guide to the Sir Joseph Banks papers, 1766-1820 (bulk), 1766-1820, (American Philosophical Society)

Artist and naturalist.

From the description of Diary extract of Charles Willson Peale, 1804. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79453341

Charles Willson Peale was an artist and naturalist. Peale's Museum (also called the Philadelphia Museum) was the first to be scientifically organized and open to the American public on a regular basis. In 1799 and 1800, Peale introduced lectures into the museum's program.

From the description of Lectures, [n.d.]. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 17270659

From the description of Lectures, [1803-1823]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173465898

From the guide to the Charles Willson Peale lectures, [n.d.], n.d., (American Philosophical Society)

From the guide to the Charles Willson Peale lectures, [1803-1823], Circa 1803-1823, (American Philosophical Society)

Painter, engraver, naturalist; Philadelphia, Pa.

From the description of Charles Willson Peale diaries and exhibition announcement, 1765-1826. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80581935

Charles Willson Peale was an artist and naturalist. In 1810 he "retired" from the management of his museum in Philadelphia and bought a farm located near Germantown, Pennsylvania.

From the description of Belfield farm accounts, 1816-[1822]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173465894

From the guide to the Charles Willson Peale Belfield farm accounts, 1816-[1822], 1816-1822, (American Philosophical Society)

Charles Willson Peale: portrait painter and engraver; Philadelphia, Pa. Sellers: Peale's great-grandson.

Peale studied in London with Benjamin West. Painted George Washington's portrait. Established Peale's Museum in 1786. Influential in the founding of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Father of Raphaelle, Franklin, Rubens, Rembrandt and Titian Ramsay Peale. Brother of James Peale.

From the description of Selected papers from the Peale-Sellers collection, [ca. 1767-1904]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81297175

On June 18, 1801, Charles Willson Peale and Rembrandt Peale boarded the sloop Priscilla in New York City, bound up the Hudson River for Newburg. Their destination was the Orange County farm of John Masten where the bones of a mastodon were being exhumed -- the mastodon that the Peales purchased and installed as the most popular attraction in their Philadelphia Museum.

During the voyage to Masten's farm, Peale was overwhelmed by the scenery and began sketching furiously. In a letter to Andrew Ellicott, July 12, 1801, he wrote:

From the guide to the Hudson River Sketchbook, 1801, (American Philosophical Society)

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  • Brazil (as recorded)