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 Charles Peale Polk  (1767 - 1822)

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Lived/Active: Maryland/Pennsylvania      Known for: portrait and folk painting

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Birth
1767 (Annapolis, Maryland)
 
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1822 (Richmond County, Virginia)

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Maryland/Pennsylvania

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Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Charles Peale Polk was orphaned at age ten and grew up in Philadelphia with his prominent artist uncle, Charles Willson Peale.  He learned to paint from him.  From 1787 to 1818, he tried to earn a living as a portrait artist and commercial sign painter, moving back and forth between Philadelphia and Baltimore. 

His specialty became portraits of Revolutionary heroes such as George Washington, General Lafayette and Benjamin Franklin, an (showing 500 of 1199 characters).



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