Anna Claypoole Peale

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Anna Claypoole Peale
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Anna Claypoole Peale,
by James Peale, c. 1805
Born (1791-03-06)March 6, 1791
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died December 25, 1878(1878-12-25) (aged 87)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Known for portrait miniature
Spouse(s) William Staughton, 1829;
William Duncan 1841-1864.

Anna Claypoole Peale (March 6, 1791, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – December 25, 1878, Philadelphia) was an American painter, specializing in portrait miniatures and still lifes.


In 1805, she sold her first paintings.[1] She specialized in miniature portraits. She exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, submitting a still life in 1811, and three miniatures in 1814.[2]

In 1818, she traveled to Washington, D.C. with her uncle, Charles Willson Peale.[3]

Charles Willson Peale said:

Her merit in miniature painting brings her into high estimation, and so many Ladies and Gentleman desire to sit for her that she frequently is obliged to raise her prices.[4]


She was the daughter (one of six children) of Mary Chambers Claypoole (1753–1829) and painter James Peale (under whom she studied). She was the sister of Sarah Miriam Peale, Maria Peale, and Margaretta Peale, and the niece of Charles Willson Peale, all of whom were artists.

In 1829, she married William Staughton, on August 27, 1829, who died in December 1829, in Washington, D.C.[5] She returned to Philadelphia to continue her portrait studio.[2]

In 1841, she married General William Duncan.[4]


Watercolor on ivory portrait miniature of Marianne Beckett by Anna Claypoole Peale, 7.6 x 6.4 cm, 1829, Cincinnati Art Museum

She died in Philadelphia, where she was buried in The Woodlands Cemetery.


  • Academician, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA (1824)[6]


  1. ^ "Q and Art: Anna Claypoole Peale". Smithsonian American Arts Museum. March 20, 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Miller, Lillian B. (1996). The Peale family: creation of a legacy, 1770-1870. Abbeville Press. ISBN 9780789202062. 
  3. ^ American portrait miniatures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2010. ISBN 9781588393579. 
  4. ^ a b "Anna Claypoole Peale (1791-1878)". National Women's History Museum. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Concise Dictionary of Women Artists. Taylor & Francis. 2001. ISBN 9781579583354. 
  6. ^ "Anna Claypoole Peale". CLARA Database of Women in the Arts. National Museum of Women in the Arts. Archived from the original on 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2010-11-26. In 1824, she and her sister Sarah Miriam became the first women to be elected members of the Pennsylvania Academy. 

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