October 7, 2012
After extensive renovations, the Philadelphia History Museum, at 15 S. Seventh St., has reopened and among the exhibitions is "Face to Facebook," a look at how Philadelphians have pictured themselves from the 17th century to now. Match up the notable Philadelphian with his or her portrait. To learn more about the museum, visit www.philadelphiahistory.org or call 215-685-4830. Answers below. 1. William Penn. 2. Harriet Lee Smith. 3. Charles Willson Peale. 4. George Washington.
November 25, 1996 |
If there was ever an American who symbolized the ideal family man, it was early Philadelphia artist Charles Willson Peale, father of 17 spoiled and very talented kids. "The First Family of Art" is the title of the Philadelphia Museum of Art show now drawing thousands to view the paintings of three generations of Peales. Publicity for the art show emphasizes Peale's tender portrayal of family life, including his own family. No one ever disputed Peale's reputation as a loving and doting daddy - until art historian Phoebe Lloyd dropped a bombshell.
August 13, 1988 |
Adam Michaels, who lives in Secaucus, N.J., places his ear against the funny-looking wooden contraption and sits stiller than any 8-year-old boy ought to be expected to sit. But it's only for a minute, while Mark Jones traces his profile. Then, voila! A silhouette, of the kind that the celebrated American painter Charles Willson Peale and his black servant (later free citizen) Moses Williams used to produce on the original physiognotrace. That's what the funny-looking contraption is called - although, as Jones tells visitors, Peale's painter son and favorite pupil Raphaelle used to call it the face-a-tracer.
October 23, 2011 |
In 1819, Charles Willson Peale headed down to Washington to paint portraits of President James Monroe, Henry Clay, and other dignitaries for exhibition in the famed Peale museum located in Independence Hall. But there was another sitter the painter wanted to snare on his trip. "I heard of a Negro who is living in Georgetown said to be 140 years of age," Peale wrote in his diary. "He is comfortable in his Situation having Bank stock and lives in his own house. " The man was Yarrow Mamout, a free African, a Muslim who indeed held bank stock, purchased with great effort to secure a comfortable old age - after a life of abduction and bondage.
July 29, 1990 |
Benjamin Randolph was one of the most famous Philadelphia colonial craftsmen - he made the lap desk on which Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. But no one knew what the cabinetmaker looked like until Timothy Westbrook walked into the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the spring with Randolph's portrait, a miniature by Charles Willson Peale. Westbrook gave the portrait to the museum. "I felt I did the right thing bringing the miniature back to Philadelphia, where it started out," he said in a phone interview from his Rochester, N.Y., home.
August 24, 1986 |
Young people have a way with the language. They can condense a century or more of human bang bang into a few choice words, words so choice that they sum up a happening with great humor and dispatch. It happened at La Salle University, at 20th and Olney, where the Christian Brothers have been shaping young minds since 1926, the year they bought a tract of the old "Belfield farm," the founding site of the Germantown Cricket Club in 1854, for a new campus. Now, more than a half-century later, Brother Patrick Ellis, the La Salle president who is long on vision, has bought the last 8 1/2 acres of the property, including the historic Charles Willson Peale house, once the home and studio of the prolific portrait artist of the Revolutionary era. And when word of the transaction hit the La Salle campus, the students, ever eager to encapsulize any and all news items, summed up the deal in terse and concise humor.
November 1, 1996 |
THE PEALE FAMILY: CREATION OF AN AMERICAN LEGACY, 1770-1870. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Parkway, Sunday through Jan. 5. Tickets: $7 (discounts available). Info: 215-684-7860. If the 18th-century gent known as Charles Willson Peale had been a road-builder, Philadelphia would have had the best highways in the nation. His company - he might have called it "C.W. Peale and Family, Streetmakers" - would have consisted of Peale, a number of his children, a younger brother and, later, some nieces and a nephew.
March 10, 1986 |
On Nov. 25, Cape Cod auctioneer Robert C. Eldred walked into the Chestnut Hill branch of First Pennsylvania Bank to claim a box of silver that had been consigned to him for sale. Inside the box, however, he found something else: a large portrait of colonial astronomer David Rittenhouse, painted in the early 1790s by Charles Willson Peale. The Peale painting was not all that Eldred acquired in Philadelphia that day. At Quaker Moving & Storage Co., he picked up a set of mahogany dining chairs; a pair of elaborately carved side chairs, also mahogany; a big box of color-plate books; and two paintings by Daniel Garber, a New Hope impressionist from the first quarter of the century.
October 21, 2011 |
One of the earliest formal portraits of an African American - a well-known oil painting of a kufi-wearing free black man painted by Charles Willson Peale in 1819 - has been sold by the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The striking portrait of Yarrow Mamout, an elderly Muslim and former slave living in Washington, is the most recent in a string of art and artifact sales made by the history museum,...
October 20, 2011 |
One of the earliest formal portraits of an African American - a well-known oil painting of a kufi-wearing free black painted by Charles Willson Peale in 1819 - has been sold by the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The striking portrait of Yarrow Mamout, an elderly Muslim and former slave living in Washington D.C., is the most recent in a string of art and artifact sales made by the history museum,...