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A Finding Aid to the Rembrandt and Harriet Peale papers, 1824-1932 | Digitized Collection

Rembrandt and Harriet Peale papers, 1824-1932

Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860

Painter

The papers of Rembrandt and Harriet Peale in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2008. The papers have been scanned in their entirety and total 183 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear feet

Summary: This collection of papers measures 0.2 linear feet, dates from circa 1820-1932, and provides scattered documentation of the lives of painter Rembrandt Peale and his wife Harriet. The papers contain seven letters from Peale to various individuals, including Massachusetts senator Elijah Hunt Mills, that document his attempts to seek recognition and recompense from Congress for his portraits of George Washington and illuminate his opinions on patronage of the arts. Also found here is a copy of Peale's lecture on "Washington and his Portraits," and legal papers consisting of two codicils to Harriet Peale's will which list the disposition of Rembrandt Peale paintings in her possession. There is a page with drawings of Roman coins by Peale, printed material including a pamphlet for Peale's popular allegorical painting The Court of Death, and a catalog of sale for Harriet Peale's estate. Photographs picture Rembrandt and Harriet Peale respectively, circa 1850.

Biographical/Historical Note

Rembrandt (1778-1860) and Harriet Peale (née Cany) (circa 1800-1869) were painters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Provenance

Transferred from the National Museum of American Art library, 1979, who received it 1966 from Ann Saven.

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Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.