Mrs. John Nicholson (Hannah Duncan) and John Nicholson, Jr.

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

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Date:

1790

Artist:

Charles Willson Peale
American, 1741–1827

About this artwork

Charles Willson Peale was a prominent figure in the cultural and scientific life of Philadelphia in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He established his own museum dedicated to the arts and natural sciences and helped found the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1805. Mrs. John Nicholson (Hannah Duncan) and John Nicholson, Jr. is a tender portrait of mother and child. The natural backdrop and sprig of flowers in the boy’s hand signal a domestic bond. Mrs. Nicholson’s uncorseted dress and freely coiffed hair (without a wig) likewise speak to the humanistic ideals of the Enlightenment.

On View

American Art, Gallery 168

Artist

Charles Willson Peale

Title

Mrs. John Nicholson (Hannah Duncan) and John Nicholson, Jr.

Origin

Philadelphia

Date

1790

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed and dated, lower right: "CWPeale/Painted 1790."

Dimensions

91.5 × 69.3 cm (36 × 27 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison

Reference Number

1952.1001

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