Mrs. Charles Willson Peale (1765-1804)
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
Overall: 25 7/8 x 22 in. ( 65.7 x 55.9 cm )
Elizabeth De Peyster, who in 1791 became the second wife of Charles Willson Peale, was the daughter of William De Peyster and grew up in New York. Her portrait remained in the family until 1931 when Franklin Peale Patterson gave it to the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, from which The New-York Historical Society acquired it in 1957.
Sellers, Charles Coleman, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale, The Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 42, Part I, Philadelphia: 1952, p. 270. Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. The De Peyster Geneaology. Boston: Privately Printed, 1956, p. 90 Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. American Colonial Painting, materials for a history. Cambridge, Mass. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1959, pp. 47-58, II-IV. Antiques, January 1961, p. 49. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 2, 1974, p. 609. Miller, Lillian B., ed., The Selected Papers of Charles Willson Peale and his family. New Haven: Published for the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution by Yale University Press, c. 1983, Vol. 1, pp, 617-9, fig. 70, Vol. 2, pp. 636-7.
Purchase, The Waldron Phoenix Belknap Fund
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