CHARLES WILLSON PEALE (1741-1826), American portrait painter, celebrated especially for his portraits of Washington, was born in Queen Anne county, Maryland, on the 16th of April 1741.
In 1772, at Mount Vernon, Peale painted a three-quarters-length study of Washington (the earliest known portrait of him), in the uniform of a colonel of Virginia militia.
He painted various other portraits of Washington; probably the best known in a full-length, which was made in 1778, and of which Peale made many copies.
Peale painted two miniatures of Mrs Washington (1772 and 1777), and portraits of many of the famous men of the time, a number of which are in Independence Hall, Philadelphia.
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At the age of eighty-one Peale painted a large canvas, "Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda," and at eightythree a full-length portrait of himself, now in the Academy of the Fine Arts.
His brother, James Peale (1749-1831), also an artist, painted two portraits of Washington (one now the property of the New York Historical Society, and the other in Independence Hall, Philadelphia), besides landscapes and historical compositions.
Madison's portrait was painted by Gilbert Stuart and by Charles Wilson Peale; Giuseppe Ceracchi made a marble bust of him in 1792 and John H.
Seckendorf-Aberdar (1775-1809), poet, literary man and soldier; the brothers Christian Adolf (1767-1833) and Gustav Anton ("Patrik Peale") (1775-1823), both literary men of some note, and Arthur v.
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