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.

Date:

1803/8

Artist:

Rembrandt Peale
American, 1778–1860

About this artwork

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, 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.

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American Art, Gallery 172

Artist

Rembrandt Peale

Title

Abigail Inskeep Bradford

Origin

United States

Date

1803–1808

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

68.6 × 55.9 cm (27 × 22 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Herbert A. Vance

Reference Number

2000.339

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