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. 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 leave miniature painting about 1812 he turned to large size portraits and then to landscapes and still lifes. His variety as an artist is 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 still life tradition in America. Peale died in Philadelphia on May 24, 1831.
Born in Philadelphia, John Dunlap, Jr. (1785-1856) was the son of renowned American printer John Dunlap, Sr. Dunlap printed much of Pennsylvania’s colonial currency, but his most significant commission came in 1776, when he was asked to print the first broadside copies of the United States Declaration of Independence. He also printed the Journals of the Continental Congress for two years.
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