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James Peale : Portrait of Sarah Smith Logan Clarke
James Peale (Portrait of Sarah Smith Logan Clarke)

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Artist: James Peale
Title: Portrait of Sarah Smith Logan Clarke
Year: c. 1805/1810
Media: Oil on canvas 29 1/4 x 24 1/4 inches
Provenance: EXHIBITED: Baltimore Museum of Art, 1960, loan no. L.60.9
ON DEPOSIT: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 1999-2006
Description: James Peale learned the art of painting from his older brother Charles Willson Peale, for whom he worked as a studio assistant and eventually became a professional partner. James Peale was best known for his portrait miniatures, a specialty that Charles Willson assigned to him in 1786. James Peale fought with the Maryland brigade of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, attaining the rank of captain before returning to civilian life in 1779. Over his long career he also produced history, landscape, still life subjects, and full-size portraits.

Peale painted this portrait of Sarah Smith Logan Clarke in Philadelphia sometime between 1805 and 1810, when he was at the height of his artistic powers. The sitter lived in Easton, Maryland, near Chestertown, where James and Charles Willson Peale had been born. She was the daughter of Samuel Logan, a prosperous merchant who donated land upon which the Talbot County Library was erected. Sarah Logan married William Bennett Clarke, a prominent local lawyer and merchant.

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