today’s birthday: Charles Willson Peale (1741)

Charles Willson Peale (1741)

Peale was an American painter, inventor, and naturalist. After studying painting in London, he returned to America and became the country’s preeminent portrait painter. A captain in the militia during the American Revolution, he painted many portraits of military leaders. Later, he established a portrait gallery, founded the Peale Museum, and even formed the first scientific expedition in American history. Peale is probably best known for his portraits of which historical figure? More… Discuss


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