John Beale Bordley (1727-1804)

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ca. 1790
Oil on canvas
Overall: 23 1/2 x 20 in. ( 59.7 x 50.8 cm )
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John Beale Bordley, a native of Maryland, served as a judge of the provincial court and later the admiralty court of the province. Upon inheriting a large estate, he devoted the rest of his life to agriculture. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1783, and was one of the founding members of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture two years later. Throughout his life he was one of Charles W. Peale's best friends and benefactors.
Sellers, Charles Coleman, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale, The Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 42, Part I, Philadelphia: 1952, pp. 36-8. Paintings by The Peale Family. Cincinnati Art Museum, October 1 to October 31, 1954. Miller, Lillian B. "Charles Willson Peale as History Painter: The Exhumation of the Mastodon," American Art Journal, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Winter, 1981), pp. 47-68. Richardson, Edgar P., Hindle, Brooke, and Miller, Lillian B., Charles Willson Peale and His World.. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1983, pp. 28, 30. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, p 88. Manca, Joseph. "Cicero in America: Civic Duty and Private happiness in Charles Willson Peale's Portrait of William Paca," American Art, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring, 2003), pp. 68-89.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan
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Creative: Tronvig Group