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Selected papers from the Peale-Sellers collection, [ca. 1767-1904]

Catalog Data

Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827  Search this
Peale, Franklin  Search this
Peale, James  Search this
Peale, Rubens  Search this
Peale, Titian Ramsay  Search this
Sellers, Horace Wells  Search this
Peale's Museum (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
7 Microfilm reels
Access Note / Rights:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Autobiographical and biographical material, letters, writings, printed material, photographs, a sketchbook, drawings and notebooks belonging to Charles Willson Peale and the Peale family, with notes and writings by Horace Wells Sellers.
Charles Willson Peale material including, part of the preliminary draft of his autobiography, ca. 1790, and a typed copy with notes and addenda by Horace Wells Sellers; typescripts of letterbooks, 1767-1827; a list of portraits and Washington portrait material; a notebook pertaining to paintings and a memo book containing recipes for medicines, colors and notes on painting technique; lectures and essays on natural history, health, domestic happiness and Peale's museum; and letters from John De Peyster.
James Peale's sketchbook; Rubens Peale's letterbooks, 1802-1824, lists of pictures painted at Riverside Farm and memorandum on his life; writings by Titian Ramsay Peale on techniques of miniature painting and a biography of Charles Willson; letters of Titian and Franklin Peale, 1831-1869, with biographical comments by Sellers; a history of the United Bowmen of Philadelphia, a club Titian and Franklin belonged to; material on Peale's Museum including, correspondence, minutes, articles of incorporation, and a handbook with a partial description of the museum's contents; Peale family photographs; and drawings and silhouettes.
Selected papers from the Peale-Sellers collection, [ca. 1767-1904]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
35mm microfilm reels P31-P37 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Originals in the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Biography Note:
Charles Willson Peale: portrait painter and engraver; Philadelphia, Pa. Sellers: Peale's great-grandson. Peale studied in London with Benjamin West. Painted George Washington's portrait. Established Peale's Museum in 1786. Influential in the founding of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Father of Raphaelle, Franklin, Rubens, Rembrandt and Titian Ramsay Peale. Brother of James Peale.
Language Note:
English .
Lent for microfilming, 1955, by the American Philosophical Society, Peale-Sellers Collection.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art, American -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Miniature painting -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Portrait painting -- 18th century -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Portrait painting -- 19th century -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art