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Colonel Richard M. Johnson

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Female artists were as rare in the United States as elsewhere in the nineteenth century; few women had the opportunity to become artists if they were not related or married to one. Anna Claypoole Peale had apprenticed under her father, James, who painted miniatures in addition to full-sized...

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Anna C/ Peale/ 1818


1818, Colonel Richard Mentor Johnson (1780-1850), Great Crossing, Kentucky. Mr. Jackson, Fayette Country, Kentucky. Sold by the descendants of the sitter to Katherine Turner Reynolds, Lexington, Kentucky [1]. 1968, sold by Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 9, 1968) [1] Ann Sue Hirshorn, "Legacy of Ivory: Anna Claypoole Peale's Portrait Miniatures," Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, vol. 64, no. 4, 1989, p. 27, n28.

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Emma F. Munroe Fund



6.98 x 5.46 cm (2 3/4 x 2 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Watercolor on ivory