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Sarah Miriam Peale : Portrait of Mary Jane Peale [?]
Sarah Miriam Peale (Portrait of Mary Jane Peale [?])

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Artist: Sarah Miriam Peale
Title: Portrait of Mary Jane Peale [?]
Year: c. 1840
Media: Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 7/8 inches
Description: The portraitist and still life painter Sarah Miriam Peale was the daughter of James Peale, the younger brother of the famous artist Charles Willson Peale. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, and exhibited for the first time at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1817. She settled in Baltimore in 1825, and moved to St. Louis in 1846 because of poor health. Sarah Miriam Peale returned to Philadelphia in 1877, where she spent the remainder of her life.

This portrait's spontaneous, informal quality—traits uncharacteristic of formal, commissioned portraiture—suggests that the sitter was on familiar terms with the artist. She bears an unusually strong resemblance to Sarah Miriam Peale's niece Mary Jane Peale (1827-1902), daughter of Rubens Peale (1784-1865), who managed the Peale Museum in New York City until he sold it to P.T. Barnum around 1839. This theory is supported by the fact that the reverse of this painting bears the stencil mark of the New York art materials supplier Philip Caffe who was in business from 1837 to 1840.


Fig.1: Mary Jane Peale in her studio.
(Image courtesy American Philosophical Society Library)


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