John B. Pendleton
ca. 1820 Rembrandt Peale Born: Pennsylvania 1778 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1860 watercolor on ivory image (oval): 1 7/8 x 1 5/8 in. (4.9 x 4.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.38 Not currently on view
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John B. Pendleton (1798-1866) was one of America’s earliest lithographers, establishing his printing house in Boston in 1825. Lithography was then the most modern form of reproducing a drawing. One of Pendleton’s apprentices was Nathaniel Currier, who would eventually buy his mentor’s firm and, with his new partner, rename it Currier & Ives. Rembrandt Peale also painted a full-length portrait of Pendleton, now owned by the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio.
Portrait male - Pendelton, John B. - bust
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor