Portrait of Charles W. Peale, painted by Rembrandt Peale. He was born at Chestertown, Md. in 1732, and died in 1827, aged 85. Brought up to the business of a saddler, it was not till his 26th year that he conceived the desire of being a painter. He therefore went to London and studied two years with Mr. West.--On his return he was liberally and extensively employed. During the Revolutionary war he raised and commanded a volunteer company, and was engaged in the battle of Trenton. Thus drawn into public notice, he served as a member of the state legislature--but afterwards abandoning politics his extraordinary industry and perseverance were devoted to the formation of a museum of natural history, then a thing unknown in this country; and seldom painted except to increase his valuable gallery of distinguished characters, which he had begun in the tented field. In that collection is his own Portrait, painted in London and presented to him by his friend and instructor Mr. West. In his latter days he painted several portraits of himself, but the concurring voices of his family and friends have decided on this as the best likeness that remains of that ingenious, industrious and benevolent man. This is a motive for thus associating his remembrance with the arts, which he was among the first to introduce here, and with the last labours of an affectionate son. [Pp. 17-18.]
Catalogue of Peale's Italian Pictures, now exhibiting at Sully and Earle's Gallery. In Chestnut opposite the State-House. Admittance 25 cents--children half price--Season Tickets 50 cents. Philadelphia: Printed for the Publisher. 1831.