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Anna Peale

 (1791 - 1878)
Anna Claypoole Peale was active/lived in Pennsylvania.  Anna Peale is known for still life, miniature portrait.

Anna Peale

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Primarily a miniaturist much commended by her uncle Charles Willson Peale, Anna Claypoole Peale had a lively style with complex brush strokes that emphasized the skin tones of her subjects against, dark rich backgrounds. Her work created a sense of warmth and intimacy.

She was the older sister of portraitist Sarah Peale and the daughter of James Peale, and most of her career she lived in Philadelphia. Sometimes she shared commissions with Sarah, doing the miniatures and Sarah the larger canvases. Anna also assisted her father with his miniatures when his eyesight began to fail and helped with the backgrounds of his canvases.

When she was a young woman just beginning her career, her uncle Charles took her to Washington D.C. to share a studio, and to his surprise, she received more commissions than he did including Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, and President James Monroe. She was so committed to her painting that her eyesight suffered, and she had to take long periods of rest.

In 1829 at age twenty-eight, she briefly gave up painting during her first marriage to Reverend Dr. William Staughton, a Baptist minister and college president. When he died three months after their marriage, she devoted herself to her career until her second marriage in 1841 to General William Duncan. She outlived him as well and continued painting until late in life.

Source: American Women Artists by Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein

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About  Anna Peale

Born:  1791 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died:   1878 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Known for:  still life, miniature portrait