home medieval art artist quotations iconography 100 greatest paintings
renaissance art artist biographies top 50 painters rococo art   book store

James Peale 

American Realist Painter


Education: he studied under his brother Charles Willson Peale

Mediums - oil on panel or canvas, watercolor on ivory

Cause of Death -  heart failure

 Still Life with Fruit
Still Life with Fruit Art Print
Peale, James
Buy at AllPosters.com
 Girl Holding a Doll
Girl Holding a Doll Art Print
Peale, James
Buy at AllPosters.com
 Portrait of George Washington
Portrait of George Washington Giclee Print
Peale, James
Buy at AllPosters.com

James Peale Quotation

The people never give up their love of the painted portrait but under some delusion of how they actually look to others ~  James Peale

James Peale Biography

James Peale was born in 1749 in Chestertown, Maryland. His father was an English immigrant schoolteacher.  James began working at a local saddelry in 1762, but longed for the smell of linseed oil and the feel of a brush. After four years of drudgery he began his apprenticeship as a cabinet maker. James later became his assistant and pupil to his older brother Charles Willson Peale.  The American Revolution swept the Peale brothers off to battle and James became  a first lieutenant in General Smallwood's Maryland regiment in the Continental Army.  In 1782 he married the beautiful and talented Mary Claypoole. The happy union produced six children, four of whom were artists.
By 1785 Peale had distinguished himself as a skillful miniature painter, specializing  in portraiture and still-life.

Peale painted several portraits of George Washington and is considered one of the greatest American Colonial era artists.  His masterpieces hang in the collection of the New York Historical Society as well as in  Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.. James Peale died in 1831.

Require more information about the famous American painter James Peale? Type your query in art into the google search box below and poke around every nook and cranny of the known universe for information this subject.


HistoryofPainters.com If you like this page and wish to share it, you are welcome to link to it, with our thanks.

If you feel you have worthwhile information you would like to contribute we would love to hear from you. We collect essential biographical information and artist quotes from folks all over the globe and appreciate your participation. When submitting please, if possible, site the source and provide English translation. Email to millardmulch@gmail.com