Matthias and Thomas Bordley

  • Charles Willson Peale, Matthias and Thomas Bordley, 1767, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Murray Lloyd Goldsborough, Jr., 1974.113

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Charles Willson Peale’s tender portrait of Matthias and Thomas Bordley presents the young sons of John Beale Bordley, Peale’s early patron. This oval miniature is a reminder that such keepsakes were often painted to comfort the owner in the absence of the people portrayed. Bordley’s sons had just arrived in London to be educated at Eton, under the watchful eye of a family friend. Here, Peale shows them with a bust of Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom, with a view of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background.

Title
Matthias and Thomas Bordley
Artists
Date
1767
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
3 5/8 x 4 1/8 in. (9.2 x 10.5 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Murray Lloyd Goldsborough, Jr.

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait group – family – siblings
  • Object – art object – sculpture
  • Object – written matter – book
  • Portrait male – Bordley, Matthias – waist length
  • Portrait male – Bordley, Thomas – waist length
  • Children
  • Recreation – leisure – reading
Object Number
1974.113
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