(1791 - 1878)

(b Philadelphia, PA, 6 March 1791; d Philadelphia, PA, 25 Dec 1878). Miniature painter, daughter of (2) James Peale. She was instructed by her father. Her first attempt, a fruit piece, was exhibited in 1811 at the Society of Artists in Philadelphia. From 1820 to 1840 she was a popular miniature painter, known for the accuracy of her likenesses and close attention to detail. She worked in the major eastern cities and exhibited regularly at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, to which she was elected a member in 1824. Her lively style, with its emphasis on skin tones, brilliant colours and warm, rich backgrounds, may be seen in Elizabeth Nicholson Noel (Mrs James) Bosley (1823) and Elizabeth Bordley Polk (Mrs Joseph G. B.) Bend (c. 1820; both Baltimore, Mus. & Lib. MD Hist.). Her portrait of James Peale (1823; Shreveport, LA, Norton A.G.) reveals the variety of brushstrokes that frequently make her miniatures appear like small oil paintings. Her professional career was interrupted twice by marriage, briefly in 1829 and again in 1841 until 1864; but she resumed her career each time, continuing to paint in Philadelphia until her death.

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