The Selected Papers of Charles Willson Peale and His Family: Volume 5: The Autobiography of Charles Willson Peale

The Selected Papers of Charles Willson Peale and His Family: Volume 5: The Autobiography of Charles Willson Peale

by Charles Willson Peale, Lillian Miller, Sidney Hart, David C. Ward
     
 

Charles Willson Peale was one of the most extraordinary figures of the early Republic, most famous perhaps as the painter of more than a thousand portraits of the generation that won American independence. He also built up a private museum of natural history and art, which he intended as an institution that would be his legacy to the nation. (He led an expedition to… See more details below

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Charles Willson Peale was one of the most extraordinary figures of the early Republic, most famous perhaps as the painter of more than a thousand portraits of the generation that won American independence. He also built up a private museum of natural history and art, which he intended as an institution that would be his legacy to the nation. (He led an expedition to exhume and mount the skeleton of the American mastodon, an epochal event in the new science of paleonotology). He was a major player in many of the young nation's significant cultural and political events. Drawing on his diaries and letters, Peale writes of his service in the Philadelphia militia during the Revolution and his fighting at the Battle of Princeton. He includes descriptions of his difficult involvement in Philadelphia's radical republican politics and his participation in the American Philosophical Society, where he won the friendship of men like Jefferson and Franklin.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300075472
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
The Selected Papers of Charles Willson Peale and His Family
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.60(d)

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