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Rubens Peale

ca. 1800 Raphaelle Peale Born: Annapolis, Maryland 1774 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1825 watercolor on paper sight 3 3/4 x 2 5/8 in. (9.5 x 6.7 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Edwin Kirk 1941.9.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 13

Luce Center Label

This small drawing of Rubens Peale (1784-1864) resembles many of the silhouettes made during this period, showing the artist’s brother in profile. Rubens was a favorite subject for his artistic family, and several members painted his likeness. Designed to be framed and hung on a wall rather than in a closed locket worn on the body, this piece demonstrates how the line between miniatures and small-scale drawings was beginning to blur.


Occupation - art - artist

Portrait male - Peale, Rubens - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor