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Portrait of Thomas Wharton (1735 - 1778)

Charles Willson Peale, American, 1741 - 1827

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

c. 1784

Oil on canvas

23 5/16 x 19 1/2 inches (59.2 x 49.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of the children of Marianna Lippincott O'Neill in her memory, 1967

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Philadelphian Thomas Wharton purchased several lots of porcelain through merchant Archibald McElroy, Bonnin and Morris's agent. He purchased two full tea sets, plates, and several ornamental accoutrements of the dessert course, including sauceboats and a pickle stand. Like Benjamin Franklin and John Cadwalader, Wharton was a staunch supporter of American manufacturers, interested in their success out of intellectual curiosity and the desire to increase America's political and economic independence from England.