Rubens Peale diaries, 1855-1865

Peale, Rubens, b. 1784 d. 1865
Painter, Arts administrator
Active in Pottsville, Pa.

Collection size: 4 v. (on 1 microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: A daily journal covering the last ten years of Ruben Peale's life. Much of it concerns farm and family activities, but there are also many references to his still-life painting. Entries from April 1865 describe the news of Abraham Lincoln's assassination and funeral procession.

Biographical/Historical Note: Still life and animal painter, museum administrator. Son of Charles Willson Peale.

Donated 1959 by Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence A. Fleischman.

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