Past Meeting

The Artist in His Museum, Charles Willson Peale (17411827)

Art and the American Revolution: The Work of Charles Willson Peale

by Gale Rawson

Gale's informative talk highlighted one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the artist Charles Willson Peale. According to his diary, Captain Peale painted miniatures of General Washington and several other officers and their ladies at the Valley Forge encampment. Peale, who many consider a Renaissance Man, painted portraits of numerous political figures in Philadelphia during the American Revolution. He was also deeply interested in the scientific world and was militarily and politically involved in the creation of America as a nation separate from England. A well-known artist of the day, Peale was involved with political, military, and cultural activities after the War for Independence, too.

This presentation was held at the Easttown Library & Information Center in Berwyn, PA on Sunday 17 March 2019, starting at 2 pm.


Gale Rawson retired in 2017 after 36 years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), first as Associate and then Senior Registrar of the Museum. Prior to that, she was the associate registrar of the Yale University Art Gallery and an appraiser with Schiffer Antiques. During her time at PAFA she organized over 300 exhibitions, including Red Grooms, Horace Pippin, American Sublime, Daniel Garber, Cecilia Beaux & Henry Ossawa Tanner. She is currently working exclusively on PAFA's World War I and American Art exhibition, which appeared in 2017 at PAFA and the New York Historical Society, and then at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.


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