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Portrait of Francois Joseph Talma
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Portrait of Francois Joseph Talma

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Description This is a portrait of the French tragic actor François Joseph Talma (1763–1826), friend of the painter Jacques-Louis David and Napoleon Bonaparte. It was originally housed in one of Williams T. Walters' many albums of drawings. The portrait was executed by Peale on his second visit to Paris in 1809-10. Four years later Peale opened a museum in Baltimore.
Date Description Narrative
2/05/1987Treatmentmounted; re-housed
  • American Drawings from the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • In Pursuit of Fame: Rembrandt Peale, 1778-1860. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington. 1992-1993.
  • American Artists Abroad: Works from the Permanent Collection . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by inheritance.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Bottom in pencil: Original sketch of Talma / Paris 1810; [Signature] Right edge in ink: Rembrandt Peale
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters

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pencil on paper
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H: 7 15/16 × W: 5 1/2 in. (20.2 × 13.9 cm); Mat H: 19 1/4 × W: 14 1/4 in. (48.9 × 36.2 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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