Charles Willson Peale diaries and exhibition announcement, 1765-1826

Peale, Charles Willson, b. 1741 d. 1827
Engraver, Portrait painter
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 1.0 linear ft. (on 3 partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: Diaries and an exhibition announcement.

REEL 3899: 26 volumes of diaries including daily entries relating to family, business, travels, sittings, Peale's museum and other topics.

REEL D9: A handwritten announcement for the exhibition of Peale's "Christ at Bethesda," March 20, 1821.

REEL N86/20: A diary kept in Philadelphia and Annapolis, May 30, 1788- May 5, 1789. Peale writes about working on his drawing machine "for taking perspective views"; about people sitting for portraits; techniques in painting repairing pictures; travel conditions between Philadelphia and Annapolis; the operation of his Philadelphia museum; recipes for preserving birds and animals; business and travel expenses; experiment in making bifocals; social activities and acquaintances.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, engraver, naturalist; Philadelphia, Pa.

Microfilm of 26 diaries (reel 3899) purchased in 1987 from the American Philosophical Society as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Material on reel D9 donated 1955-1962 by Charles E. Feinberg, an active donor and friend of AAA. Material on reel N68/20 lent for microfilming 1968 by Fordham University Library.

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