Charles willson peale april 15 1741 february 22 1827 was an american painter soldier scientist inventor politician and naturalisthe is best remembered for his portrait paintings of leading figures of the american revolution and for establishing one of the first museums in the united states. The peale family is considered the first family of american artists the familys patriarch charles willson peale 1741 1827 was a prominent 18th century artist whose subjects included george and martha washington thomas jefferson john hancock alexander hamilton and scores of others. Charles willson peale charles willson peale american painter best remembered for his portraits of the leading figures of the american revolution and as the founder of the first major museum in the united states as a young man peale worked as a saddler watchmaker and silversmith his career in art began when he. By 1813 the portrait was installed in the peale museum where it remained until it was purchased in 1854 by thomas jefferson bryan who donated the painting along with his entire art collection to the new york historical society in 1867. For over 125 years the family headed by charles willson peale 1741 1827 documented philadelphias leading citizens and created paintings to decorate their homes the peales involvement in the arts enriched the cultural landscape of philadelphia and their work as naturalists and museum entrepreneurs advanced the cause of art science and science education in the united states
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