Peale portrayed Mrs. Mifflin, born Rebecca Edgell, in the act of instructing her granddaughter in virtue and morals from an emblem book. The atmosphere of affectionate serenity with which the well-knit group is imbued probably indicates that Mrs. Mifflin was a contented, pleasant matron and a good mother to her three children. It also reflects Peale's own love for family life and his reverence for domestic happiness.
the sitter's daughter, Sarah (Mrs. Turbutt Francis); her daughter, Rebecca (Mrs. Mathias Harrison), Philadelphia; her daughter, Rebecca McMurtrie, Philadelphia; possibly in possession of her cousin, Dr. Charles Mifflin, Boston, 1873; Mrs. McMurtrie's son, James McMurtrie, Philadelphia, by 1876; his daughter, Sarah Josephine Wistar McMurtrie (Mrs. N. Dubois Miller), until 1922; with Andre E. Rueff, Brooklyn, as agent, 1922
Artist: Charles Willson Peale (American, Chester, Maryland 1741–1827 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)Date: n.d.Medium: Mezzotint; trimmed within platemark into an irregular ovalAccession: 24.90.54On view in:Not on view