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Rembrandt Peale (American, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 1778–1860 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date: ca. 1826Accession Number: 2000.151
James Peale (American, Chestertown, Maryland 1749–1831 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date: ca. 1820sAccession Number: 39.52
Samuel F. B. Morse (American, Charlestown, Massachusetts 1791–1872 New York)
Date: ca. 1836–37Accession Number: 45.62.1
George P. A. Healy (1813–1894)
Date: 1842Accession Number: 23.102
Charles Cromwell Ingham (American (born Ireland), Dublin 1786–1863 New York)
Date: 1846Accession Number: 02.7.1
Thomas Sully (American, Horncastle, Lincolnshire 1783–1872 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date: 1838Accession Number: 14.126.1
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In the early nineteenth century, portraiture remained the focus for younger artists such as Thomas Sully and Samuel F. B. Morse, who executed portraits in the grand manner and in a painterly style. The best American portraitists of the Victorian era aimed for something more than straightforward likenesses—they painted fancy pictures, not just of individuals but of social types such as street vendors, that often contained poetic or provocative elements. Members of the Peale family of Philadelphia introduced still life as a worthy subject and highlighted both imported luxury goods and locally grown fruits and vegetables in their meticulously rendered paintings. Nature's bounty took on an exaggerated quality in the profusely abundant still lifes of the German-born Severin Roesen.
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