|Titian Ramsay Peale|
Titian Ramsay Peale
|Birth name||Titian Ramsay Peale|
|Born||November 2, 1799|
|Died||March 13, 1885(aged 85)|
|Field||Drawing and Watercolor
|Training||Charles Willson Peale
|Works||American Philosophical Society|
Titian Ramsay Peale (November 2, 1799 – March 13, 1885) was a noted American artist, naturalist, entomologist and photographer. He was the sixteenth child and youngest son of noted American naturalist Charles Willson Peale. He is sometimes referred to as Titian Ramsey Peale II to distinguish him from his older brother with the same name who was a favorite of their father and who died at age 18 in 1798.
Peale was first exposed to the study of natural history while assisting his father on his many excursions in search of specimens for the Peale Museum. The family moved to Germantown, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia, where he began collecting and drawing butterflies and other insects. Like his older brothers, Peale helped his father in the preservation of the museum's specimens for display, which included contributions from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
His drawings were published in Thomas Say's American Entomology as early as 1816, and he was soon after elected to the Academy of Natural Sciences. Peale took part in the 1817 expedition of the Academy of Natural Sciences to Florida and Georgia, together with Thomas Say, George Ord and William Maclure. He was assistant to Say on the expedition to the Rocky Mountains led by Stephen Harriman Long in 1819. The collection submitted to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia from this expedition included 122 drawings by Peale. He acquired a wild turkey for the museum's collections.
Peale provided illustrations for Say's American Entomology (1824–28) and Charles Lucien Bonaparte's American Ornithology (1825–33). He also undertook a collecting expedition to Florida on behalf of Bonaparte.
In 1831, Peale published a pamphlet known as Circular of the Philadelphia Museum: Containing Direction for the preservation and preparation of objects of natural history. The Peale museum continued to gain a worldwide reputation. He developed an effective method for storing butterflies in sealed cases with glass fronts and backs. As a result, parts of his collection have been preserved until the present day. His meticulous collection of over 100 separate butterfly species was often praised for the brilliance and vibrancy of the insects' colors.
In 1838, two years after Charles Darwin had returned from his voyage on the Beagle, Peale took leave from his work at the museum to sail aboard the Peacock as chief naturalist for the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 led by Lt. Charles Wilkes. As chief naturalist, he collected and preserved various specimens of natural history, many of which he packed and shipped back to the museum. Peale's post-expedition report, Mammalia and Ornithology (1848), was suppressed due to objections by Wilkes and John Cassin. Cassin was hired to produce a corrected volume, which was published in 1858. During the expedition, Wilkes named Peale Passage after Titian Peale.
On May 1, 1843, financial pressures forced Peale to sell the bankrupt museum at a sheriff's sale to Isaac Brown Parker. Peale went on to work for the U.S. Patent Office and to become a pioneer American photographer.
Public collections and legacy
- Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
- Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
- Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii
- Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
- Museum of Nebraska Art, University of Nebraska
- National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
- Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania
- Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
- Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, holds five of Peale's sketchbooks from the Stephen H. Long Expedition
- Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, holds Peale's butterfly and moth collections
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, holds additional specimens collected by Peale
- American Museum of Natural History, New York City, holds Titian Ramsey Peale's unpublished manuscript of The Butterflies of North America
Books and Publications
- Poesch, Jessie Peale (1961). Titian Ramsay Peale And His Journals of The Wilkes Expedition, 1799-1885. American Philosophical Society. p. 226. ISBN 9781258056551.
- Sellers, Charles Coleman (1980). Mr. Peale's Museum, Charles Willson Peale and the First Popular Museum of Natural Science and Art. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 370. ISBN 9780393057003.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Titian Peale.|
- The Historic Titian Peale Butterfly and Moth Collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences
-  Exhibit at the Museum of the American Philosophical Society featuring T. R. Peale's voyage with the US Exploring Expedition
- Collection of Titian Ramsay Peale sketches at the American Philosophical Society Library.