Pieter Johan van Berckel (1725-1800)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 23 1/4 x 19 1/2 in. ( 59.1 x 49.5 cm )
In 1782 Peale started his gallery of portraits of eminent persons in Philadelphia which four years later became the Peale Museum. This portrait of the Dutch minister Pieter Johan van Berckel was one of the first to hang in the gallery, for it appears in the list of portraits as early as 1784. It remained in that distinguished collection until the sale of the Peale Museum effects in 1854 when it was purchased by Thomas J. Bryan.
Sellers, Charles Coleman, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale, The Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 42, Part I, Philadelphia: 1952, p. 214. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, p. 817.
Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan
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