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.
- James Peale
- Olivia Simes Morris
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- 71.8 × 61 cm (28 3/4 × 24 in.)
- Bequest of Mary Morley Sellers