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Artist:
Charles Willson Peale, 15 Apr 1741 - 22 Feb 1827  Search this
Sitter:
John Dickinson, 8 Nov 1732 - 14 Feb 1808  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 124.5 x 99.7cm (49 x 39 1/4")
Frame: 142.9 x 118.1cm (56 1/4 x 46 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1770
Exhibition Label:
Born Talbot County, Maryland
The “Pennsylvania Farmer,” as John Dickinson signed himself in the press, was a Philadelphia lawyer trained in London’s Inns of Court and a politician with experience in the legislatures of both Delaware and Pennsylvania. Dickinson’s Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania (1767–68), warning that taxation by the British Parliament was a threat to America’s traditional liberties, “may be said to have sown the seeds of the Revolution,” Charles Willson Peale declared. “They were written with great animation and read with uncommon attention.”
Peale’s original commission for a portrait of Dickinson, ordered by a Marylander living in London, came with a request for American scenery in the background. Hence we see here the falls of the Schuylkill River along with native plants and flowers.
Nacido en Talbot County, Maryland
John Dickinson firmaba sus escritos de prensa como "agricultor" (Pennsylvania Farmer), pero en realidad fue un abogado de Philadelphia formado en el sistema de las Inns of Court de Londres y además un político con trayectoria en las legislaturas de Delaware y Pennsylvania. En sus cartas recogidas bajo el título de Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania (1767–68), denunció que los impuestos fijados por el Parlamento británico a las colonias de América atentaban contra las libertades civiles. Podría así decirse que esos textos "sembraron las semillas de la Revolución", como lo afirmó Charles Willson Peale. "Estaban redactados de manera muy amena y se leían con particular interés".
El retrato de Dickinson fue encargado a Peale por alguien de Maryland que vivía en Londres, con la petición de que el fondo fuera una escena de América. De ahí que veamos las cascadas del río Schuylkill junto con plantas y flores nativas.
Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827)
Óleo sobre lienzo, 1770
Préstamo de The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection; donación de A. Sydney Logan
L/NPG.8.2006
Topic:
John Dickinson: Male  Search this
John Dickinson: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
John Dickinson: Literature\Writer  Search this
John Dickinson: Politics and Government\Congressman\Continental congressman  Search this
John Dickinson: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Pennsylvania  Search this
John Dickinson: Politics and Government\Statesman\Signer of Constitution  Search this
John Dickinson: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Delaware  Search this
John Dickinson: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Delaware  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Website: www.hsp.org/
Website: www.philadelphiahistory.org/collections/special-collectio
Object number:
L/NPG.8.2006
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4fa658183-4b4f-489d-ba10-309a6e1ab959
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_L_NPG.8.2006