The Ingenious Mr. Peale: Painter, Patriot, and Man of Scienceby Janet R. Wilson
Narrates the life of the early American portrait painter who established the first public picture gallery in America and who pursued numerous other interests including natural history.
"Enterprising" is too mild a word for Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827); trained as a saddlemaker, he soon branched out into silversmithing, carriage-making, and sign painting, traveled to London to study portraiture with Benjamin West, returned to found a museum of art and natural history, developed several inventions, led this country's first commissioned scientific expedition (to excavate mastodon fossils), and, like his friend Thomas Jefferson, become a gentleman farmer, while pursuing military and political careers. He also struggled to support his large family: 11 children lived to adulthood. Drawing largely from Peale's unpublished (though available on microfiche) autobiography, Wilson expertly illuminates the times, achievements, and character of this considerate, indefatigable man who valued his domestic life at least as much as his multi-stranded career, played rolesreluctant or enthusiasticin several historical events, and for industry, interests, and breadth of skills, made Ben Franklin look positively languid. A perceptive, long-overdue biography, illustrated with plenty of Peale's own drawings and paintings.
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