Studio Portrait, circa 1895.
This image of an unknown African-American lady is only three inches square. Hairstyle, necktie and jewelry indicate this was taken in the 1890s.
William Downey, Lillie Langtry, August 1885.
Source: National Archives UK
Portrait of a couple, cabinet card, circa 1895. Another Psyche Knot and check out his tie: it’s crochet.
Portrait of a Gentleman, cabinet card, circa 1894 by M.J. Berget, Minnesota. This is a chrysotype. The pink hue was caused by the use of colloidal gold in the process.
Unidentified couple and an enormous hat, circa 1903.
I love her dress, especially the velvet trimand the bodice detail. Really, though, I posted this for the hat. Can you see the two whole stuffed birds on that hat? Ah, fashion…
Rembrandt Peale (1778 – 1860) American artist and museum keeper.
A prolific portrait painter, he was especially acclaimed for his likenesses of presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Peale’s style was influenced by French Neoclassicism after a stay in Paris in his early thirties.
In July 1787, Charles Willson Peale introduced his son Rembrandt to George Washington, and the young aspirant artist watched his father paint the future president. In 1795, at the age of 17, Rembrandt painted an aging Washington, making him appear far more aged than in reality. The portrait was well received, and Rembrandt had made his debut.
At the age of 20, Rembrandt married 22-year-old Eleanor May Short (1776–1836) at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Philadelphia. During their marriage, Rembrandt and Eleanor had nine children: Rosalba, Eleanor, Sarah Miriam, Michael Angelo, and Emma Clara among them.
In 1822, Peale moved to New York City where he embarked on an attempt to paint what he hoped would become the “standard likeness” of Washington.