Rembrandt Peale, ‘George Washington’, ca. 1850, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
overall: 91.5 x 73.3 cm (36 x 28 7/8 in.)  framed: 126.1 x 103.5 x 12.7 cm (49 5/8 x 40 3/4 x 5 in.)

Image rights: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

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About Rembrandt Peale

Rembrandt Peale was a writer and a portraitist of prominent figures in Europe and post-revolution America. He was one of painter Charles Willson Peale’s 17 children, all of whom were named for famous artists and scientists, and one of a few who fulfilled his namesake. (His brother Raphaelle was a painter of still lifes.) Peale first studied portraiture with his father and continued to study abroad, becoming influenced by the French Neoclassicists, particularly Jacques-Louis David. His more famous portrait subjects include Thomas Jefferson and George Washington; he was also offered a post as a painter for Napoleon. Later in his career, Peale expanded his practice to include landscapes and history paintings. Over the course of his 70-year career, he would produce over 1,000 works.

American, 1778-1860, Bucks County, PA, United States, based in Philadelphia, PA, United States