Description Affidavits affixed to the back of this portrait and WAM 38.443 assert that these portraits were painted by Charles Willson Peale and depict the artist's son and daughter-in-law. However this seems unlikely. The companion piece to this portrait is closer in style to the work of Raphaelle Peale, but this portait of a woman in a plain muslin dress may be by a different hand. The frames are not original to the paintings.
Provenance Peale family, Baltimore, until 1928; A.J. Fink, Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Inscriptions [Certified affidavit] On reverse: STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA : ss COUNTY OF PHILADELPHIA : Be it remembered that on the 29th day of October, A.D. 1928, before me, the Subscriber, a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania residing in Philadelphia, personally appeared AUGUSTIN R. PEALE, JR. of 2416 Spruce Street, who, being duly sworn according to law, did depose and say that he personally is attaching this affidavit on one miniature to a Portrait of MARTHA McGLATHERY PEALE, wife of Raphalle Peale, which was painted by CHARLES WILLSON PEALE and has been in our family for over one hundred years. Deponent further states that this is the original and not a duplicate. SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED before me the day and year aforesaid. [Signed] AUGUSTIN R. PEALE, JR.; [Signed and dated] O.B. QUINTO Jan 20 / 1930 [Stamped] OSCAR B. QUINTO NOTARY PUBLIC Commission [illegible]
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
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