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Charles Peale Polk : Eleanor Scott Kennedy & George Alexander Kennedy, Jr.
Charles Peale Polk (Eleanor Scott Kennedy & George Alexander Kennedy, Jr.)

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Artist: Charles Peale Polk
Title: Eleanor Scott Kennedy & George Alexander Kennedy, Jr.
Year: c. 1800
Media: Oil on canvas, 36 x 27 1/2 inches
Description: This item is part of a pair.

EXHIBITED: “Charles Peale Polk, 1776–1822: a Limner and his Likenesses,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1981 (no. 109)

The couple depicted (see RS 6831) are George and Eleanor Kennedy who were married in 1795 in Frederick County, Maryland and resided in Hagerstown.

Born in 1767 in Annapolis, Maryland, Charles Peale Polk was the son of Elizabeth D. Peale and Robert Polk. After the death of his mother around 1773, he moved to Philadelphia to live with his mother’s brother, the artist Charles Willson Peale. Polk received his artistic training from his uncle, and by the time he was eighteen, he was a professional portraitist. From 1791 to 1796 Polk lived in Baltimore, where he pursued dry goods and shipping ventures, both of which failed. He did, however, continue to paint. More than thirty five portraits, many of them signed and dated, are known from Polk’s time in Baltimore, the largest number he painted in any city.


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