Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Anna Claypoole Peale


Born this day in 1791: Anna Claypoole Peale (1791–1878), professional miniaturist and oil painter

Peale was born into a family of accomplished minaturists, including her sister Sarah Peale; her father, James Peale; and her famous uncle, Charles Wilson Peale. Peale’s talent developed early, and she received encouragement and training from both her father and her uncle. She gave her first exhibit when she was only 20. Many famous personages and other ladies and gentlemen sat for her, so many that, her uncle reported, she was “obliged to raise her prices.” In 1824 she and Sarah become two women elected to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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