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James Peale
(American, 1749-1831)
Portrait of Anthony Groves
Oil on canvas, 28 × 24 inches
Provenance: Anthony Groves until 1848; Rumored to have remained in the Groves Family for several generations; Anne F. Hufnagle of Philadelphia until 1981; Sold in 1981 by Freeman's Auction House; Eleanor Tama Williams (descendant of Groves Family) until 2013
 

RS 6658


James Peale was an American painter, best known for his miniature and still life paintings, and a younger brother of noted painter Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827). Over his long career, he also produced history, landscape, still life subjects, and full-size portraits.

Like many of the Peales, James enjoyed a long life and actively painted to the end. After failing eyesight caused him to cease miniature painting around 1812, he turned to large-size portraits and then to landscapes and still lifes. His artistic diversity was extraordinary. A fine portraitist and one of the country's best miniaturists; he was also an excellent landscapist a generation before the beginnings of the Hudson River School and one of the founders of the American still life tradition. Peale died in Philadelphia on May 24, 1831.

This commissioned portrait of Anthony Groves, a prominent Philadelphia merchant, draws on James' interest in landscapes.



  


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