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One of the most acclaimed painters of eighteenth-century America, Charles Willson Peale was as important to Philadelphia as Copley was to Boston. In 1767 Peale became one of the first students of the expatriate American artist Benjamin West in London. There he studied contemporary portraiture,...

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Provenance

Descended in family of the sitter. Purchased by S. Stockton Buzby from a distant relative; by descent to his daughter, Martha Buzby Legg McPheeters; by descent to her husband, Thomas S. McPheeters, Jr.; 1979, by gift to his stepchildren, John C. Legg, Ridgefield, Conn., Martha Legg Reave, Belfast, Maine, and Louisa Legg Deland, Manchester, Mass.; 1998, partial gift and partial purchase from John C. Legg, Martha Legg Reaves, and Louisa Legg Deland to the MFA, 1998. (Accession Date: September 16, 1998)

Credit Line

A. Shuman Collection—Abraham Shuman Fund

about 1790

Dimensions

121.92 x 101.6 cm (48 x 40 in.)

Accession Number

1998.218

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Americas

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