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William Shippen

1794 James Peale Born: Chestertown, Maryland 1749 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1831 watercolor on ivory sight 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (4.4 x 3.5 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Natalie Brooks Sears Shippen and William Brush Shippen 1999.87.5 Not currently on view


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William Shippen (1792-1867) was two or three years old when James Peale painted this miniature of him. William was the older brother of Thomas Lee Shippen, whose miniature was also painted by Peale [see 1999.87.4]. William would go on to earn a medical degree, and in 1817 he married Mary Louise Shore. The miniature is inscribed to William and Mary Louiseā€™s oldest niece, Jane Gray Wharton, from her mother.

Keywords

Figure male - child - bust

Portrait male - Shippen, William - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About James Peale

Born: Chestertown, Maryland 1749 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1831

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