A very fine full length portrait of the founder of this Museum, drawn by himself in the eighty-second year of his age, at the request of the Trustees. This fine artist and excellent man, was born in Queen Anne County, Maryland, in 1741; began portrait painting without instruction in 1768; went to England the same year and studied with WEST; returned in 1771; removed to Philadelphia in 1775; commanded a company in the Revolution. Having been gradually forming a Gallery of Portraits of distinguished Americans, he commenced in 1785, the collection of a Museum of Specimens in Natural History and the Arts. . . . The Philadelphia Museum increased in size and reputation, under the indefatigable exertions of its founder, and the patronage of the most learned and eminent men in the United States. . . . After the death of PEALE, a fine building was erected for the reception of the Museum, with funds borrowed from the United States Bank, the failure of which Institution, . . . involved the ruin of this magnificent monument of American Science and Art, which was sold to pay the claim of the Bank, separated into several parcels, and scattered to enrich the Museums of several cities,--the Gallery, the gem of the institution becoming the property of Cincinnati, where, we trust, it will be the germ of a permanent National Historical Gallery. [Pp. 24-25.]
Catalogue of the National Portrait and Historical Gallery, Illustrative of American History. Formerly belonging to Peale's Museum, Philadelphia, now exhibiting at Independence Hall, on Fourth Street, between Walnut and Vine, Cincinnati. Incorporated by Act of General Assembly. Cincinnati: Gazette Company Print. 1852.