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Portrait of Rosalba Peale

ca. 1820 Rembrandt Peale Born: Pennsylvania 1778 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1860 oil on canvas 20 x 14 5/8 in. (50.8 x 37.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1978.71 Not currently on view



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Rembrandt Peale tutored his daughter Rosalba (1799-1874) in art and raised her as an independent and strong-minded woman. Author and critic John Neal wrote that "Her mind is excellent. Her father has always taught her to think for herself, to reason, and to be firm, without wrangling or argument, in the expression of her opinions." (Miller, Rembrandt Peale, 1778-1860, A Life in the Arts, 1985) Although "Rosa" had many suitors, she refused to wed "the everyday man" and did not marry until she was sixty-two years old. In this portrait, made when she was in her early twenties, Rosalba's pensive expression conveys the alert mind and thoughtful conversation that won the admiration of others.

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Occupation - art - artist

Portrait female - Peale, Rosalba - bust

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Rembrandt Peale

Born: Pennsylvania 1778 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1860

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