portrait of two young girls and their spaniel c 1770 circle of charles willson peale

Portrait of Two Young Girls and Their Spaniel c. 1770, Circle of Charles Willson Peale.


| $10,586 USD | €9,008 EUR

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Oil on canvas, bears signature C W Peale and dated mid left.
The two children pet their dog whilst in the background is a bust of the goddess Flora; Flora is the Roman Goddess of flowering plants, especially those that bear fruit. Spring, of course, is her season with its attendant attributes of future fertility and blossoming...all appropriate for two children in the springtime of their lives.
Charles Willson Peale (April 15, 1741 February 22, 1827) was an American painter, soldier, scientist, inventor, politician and naturalist. He is best remembered for his portrait paintings of leading figures of the American Revolution, and for establishing one of the first museums in the United States. Peale studied for a time under John Hesselius and John Singleton Copley. John Beale Bordley and friends eventually raised enough money for him to travel to England to take instruction from Benjamin West. Peale studied with West for three years beginning in 1767, afterward returning to America and settling in Annapolis, Maryland. There, he taught painting to his younger brother, James Peale, who in time also became a noted artist.
SIZE: canvas 24.75 x 30.10 inches.
framed:31 x 36.5 inches.
PROVENANCE: Stair Galleries (Auctioneers), New York
where bought by Mallett of London and New York in 2008.
Internal Ref: 8885


Height = 79 cm (31")
Width = 93 cm (37")
Depth = 5 cm (2")

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