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Maker(s):Peale, Margaretta Angelica
Culture:American (1795 - 1882)
Title:Still Life with Watermelon and Peaches
Date Made:1828
Materials:oil on canvas
Place Made:United States
Measurements:13 x 19 1/8 in.; 33.02 x 48.5775 cm
Narrative Inscription:  initialed at lower right: MAP, inscribed on verso of original canvas [transcribed onto lining canvas]: Anna C Peale / from Margaretta Peale / Dec 1828
Accession Number:  SC 1952.53
Credit Line:Purchased with the anonymous gift of a member of the class of 1952
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

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still life; fruit

Label Text:
This may be the painting that Margaretta Angelica Peale exhibited in 1829 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts as Water Melon, Peaches &c. Still-life painting was particularly popular in nineteenth-century Philadelphia. This may have been related to a new interest in science taking root in that city as well as a desire to celebrate the variety of America’s agricultural products, which were a source of national pride.

Few women of Peale’s era received formal artistic training or worked in the demanding medium of oil painting. Peale came from an illustrious family of American artists, headed by her uncle Charles Willson Peale, who was a painter, naturalist, and founder of a museum. Her father, the noted still-life painter James Peale, taught her and her three sisters to paint.

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