Olivia Simes Morris

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1814

Artist:

James Peale
American, 1749–1831

About this artwork

James Peale was a member of a prominent Philadelphia family of artists, brother of Charles Willson Peale and father of several accomplished female painters. Olivia Simes Morris was also a member of the city’s cultural elite, her husband having been a cofounder of the Columbianum, a short-lived artists’ association that Charles Willson Peale organized. Olivia Simes Morris is a sensitive portrayal of the sitter. Embellishments of lace and a richly colored embroidered shawl add notes of refinement to an otherwise restrained composition. James Peale practiced portraiture throughout his long career. In addition to oil portraits, he excelled at miniatures, delicate likenesses of watercolor on ivory.

On View

American Art, Gallery 169

Artist

James Peale

Title

Olivia Simes Morris

Origin

United States

Date

1814

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

71.8 × 61 cm (28 3/4 × 24 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mary Morley Sellers

Reference Number

1940.1324

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