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Portrait of John and Elizabeth Lloyd Cadwalader and Their Daughter Anne

Charles Willson Peale, American, 1741 - 1827

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


Oil on canvas

50 1/2 × 41 1/4 inches (128.3 × 104.8 cm) Framed: 56 × 45 5/8 inches (142.2 × 115.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 387, American Art, third floor

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Purchased for the Cadwalader Collection with funds contributed by the Mabel Pew Myrin Trust and the gift of an anonymous donor, 1983

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In 1770 Philadelphia merchant John Cadwalader and his wife Elizabeth, a wealthy Maryland heiress, commissioned five family portraits for their Second Street house. They chose artist Charles Willson Peale, who had recently returned from training with renowned history painter Benjamin West in London. The centerpiece of the series was this conversation piece in which the sitters engage with each other rather than the viewer—the latest fashion in grand manner British portraiture.

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