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Rubens Peale, Aged 71

Mary Jane Peale, American, 1827 - 1902

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

30 x 25 inches (76.2 x 63.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the McNeil Americana Collection, 2009

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Rubens Peale managed the Peale museums in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York for most of his career. It was only during his later years, with his daughter Mary Jane as his instructor, that he began to paint.

In this portrait of Rubens, Mary Jane used the techniques for modeling and illuminating a sitter’s facial features she learned from her uncle, Rembrandt Peale. But her ability to capture her father’s warm and slightly amused expression was entirely her own and a reflection of their deep and abiding relationship.