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Abigail Inskeep Bradford

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Rembrandt Peale
American, 1778–1860

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Painted sometime after Rembrandt Peale’s 1803 return from London and before his 1808 trip to Paris, this sensitively rendered portrait marks a concerted effort by Peale to expand his repertory to include female subjects. Abigail Inskeep Bradford belonged to a prestigious Philadelphia family; her father served as the city’s mayor (1800–01 and 1805–06) and her brother, John Inskeep, presided over a successful publishing business. Unlike Peale’s portrait of her husband, Samuel Fisher Bradford (1986.21), in this work Abigail looks away from the viewer, avoiding a direct gaze. This subtle positioning followed social convention of the time, which demanded women be discreet in public and maintain distance from mundane worldly concerns.


On View, Gallery 172


Arts of the Americas


Rembrandt Peale


Abigail Inskeep Bradford


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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c. 1803–1808


Oil on canvas


68.6 × 55.9 cm (27 × 22 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Herbert A. Vance

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