October 15, 1996
Volume 43, Number 8
At right: The Artist in His Museum, 1822, shows Charles Willson Peale and his two abiding interestspainting and collecting. His self-portrait has been lent by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for its show November 3, 1996-January 5, 1997. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Gift of Mrs. Sarah Harrison (The Joseph Harrison, Jr. Collection).
Top: David Rittenhouse, by Charles Willson Peale. The portrait, usually on display in the President's House, is the centerpiece of the exhibition October 25-31 at the Arthur Ross Gallery. University of Pennsylvania Collection.
Middle: Mary Jane Peale's 1896 portrait of John Harrison (1773-1833), copied from an original by Rembrandt Peale, is normally found in the foyer of the Chemistry Building. Harrison, the first manufacturing chemist in the United States, was the grandfather of Provost Charles C. Harrison. University of Pennsylvania Collection.
Bottom: This portrait of Benjamin Smith Barton, attributed to Charles Willson Peale, usually hangs in the John Morgan Building of the Medical School along with the Agnew Clinic by Thomas Eakins and other works of the best known artists of their times. The Medical School also lent its portrait of William Shippen, attributed to Peale, for the exhibition. University of Pennsylvania Collection.
In this spirit, Penn is the scene of two curtain-raisers for
The Peale Family this fall.
One is at the University Museum, where a self-guided tour highlights a dozen Polynesian objects that were collected by Titian Ramsay Peale when he was with the scientific corps of the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842. Through a brochure and a symbol (below) visitors can find the whale ivory necklace from Hawaii, a fine flax cloak from New Zealand, and other objects that the youngest son of Charles Willson Peale brought back. The tour continues through January 5, 1997.
The other is in the Arthur Ross Gallery, where Peales at Penn runs but a scant week, starting October 25. On view will be eight portraits including a miniature and an example of the once-fashionable art of silhouette painting. Some are of Philadelphians who founded Penn's scientific and medical departments that helped create the first university in North America. In this issue, Dr. Dilys Winegrad provides some notes on these faculty, and on the Peales. Made possible by the Friends of the Arthur Ross Gallery, Peales at Penn will be on display from noon to 5 p.m. daily October 25 through October 31, with an Open House under the stairs in the Fisher Fine Arts Library on Wednesday, October 30, from 3 to 6 p.m.
In the University Museum's self-guided tour, a Peale silhouette identifies artifacts collected by Titian Peale.
For more information on Peales at Penn, see http://www. upenn.edu/ARG/index.html or call 898-2083.
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