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Richard Thomas III

Artist:
James Peale (American, Chestertown, Maryland 1749–1831 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date:
1796
Medium:
Watercolor on ivory
Dimensions:
Sight: 2 1/4 x 1 7/8 in. (7.3 x 5.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.118
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 754
The youngest brother of Charles Willson Peale learned how to paint in oil and watercolor at his brother's side. For a time, they worked in such close collaboration that it is difficult to distinguish their separate hands. In 1786, they divided the business: James would paint miniatures and Charles the oil portraits, an arrangement that did not prohibit either artist from executing works in the other's medium. James's extraordinary skill as a miniaturist, however, kept him constantly employed. He painted Colonel Richard Thomas (1744–1832) in 1796, when this gentlemen of the distinguished West Chester, Pennsylvania, family was a state senator and a member of the fifth Congress.
Signature: [on obverse, lower right, scratched in]; I P/ 1796
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