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Titian Ramsay Peale Collection, 1771-1876

Peale, Titian Ramsay, 1799-1885



Collection Information

Size: 1 Microfilm reel, 1 partial microfilm reel

Summary: The microfilmed Titian Ramsay Peale collection consists of papers gathered by Titian R. Peale from the papers of his father, Charles Willson Peale, relating to the history of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Some of the papers were to be used by Theodore Cuyler for the opening address during the dedication of the Academy's new building in 1876. Also included is a copy of a letter to Charles W. Peale from Benjamin West (1771 June 21), mentioning Peale's recent arrival in Maryland and two recent paintings of West, Hannibal and Death of Wolfe.

Biographical/Historical Note

Titian Ramsay Peale (1799-1885) was a naturalist, photographer, and scientific illustrator. Named for an older brother who died in 1798, he was the only naturalist in the Peale family and documented animals and scenery in watercolors on scientific expeditions, including the 1819 Long expedition to the Rocky Mountains.


Microfilmed by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the Archives of American Art, 1955.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art holds the Rembrandt and Harriet Peale collection, circa 1820-1932 and the Rubens Peale diaries, 1855-1865. Also found at the Archives of American Art are the microfilmed Charles Willson Peale diaries and exhibition announcement, 1765-1826; microfilmed printed material relating to Rembrandt Peale, 1830-1862; microfilmed Mary Jane Peale and Peale family selected papers, circa 1815-1897; microfilmed selected Peale family papers, 1803-1854; microfilmed selected papers from the Peale-Sellers collection, circa 1767-1904; and microfilmed Augusta Barker papers, 1875-1887.
The American Philosophical Society holds the Peale-Sellers Family Collection, 1686-1963 and the Peale family papers, 1705-1898.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Titian Ramsay Peale collection.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel P28 (fr. 582-698) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Titian Ramsay Peale Collection, 1771-1876. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.