Portrait of Mary Benezet (1755-1808)
Mary Benezet Wood Pilmore (1755-1808)

Charles Willson Peale, American, 1741 - 1827

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


Oil on canvas

30 1/8 x 25 3/16 inches (76.5 x 64 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 104, American Art, first floor (Sherrerd Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Thomas Evans, 1962

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During the summer of 1772 Charles Willson Peale completed several important portrait commissions in Philadelphia and although he did not relocate from his native Maryland to the city until 1776, he was already considering the move. Among these notable works is this elegant portrait of Mary Benezet (1755–1808), the youngest of three daughters of a prominent merchant, Daniel Benezet. Peale painted handsome likenesses of all three sisters but Mary’s engaging glance and sweet smile suggest that the artist found rendering this fine and detailed likeness a particularly pleasurable task.

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