Margaretta Angelica Peale

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Margaretta Angelica Peale
Portrait of margaretta peale james peale.jpg
Margaretta Peale by James Peale (1749-1831)
Born Margaretta Angelica Peale
(1795-10-01)October 1, 1795
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died January 17, 1882(1882-01-17) (aged 86)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Education Taught by her father, James Peale
Known for Painting, Still-Lifes

Margaretta Angelica Peale (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 1, 1795 - January 17, 1882, Philadelphia) was an American painter, one of the Peale family of artists. The daughter of James Peale, she was the sister of Sarah Miriam Peale, Anna Claypoole Peale, and Maria Peale. She was taught by her father, and painted primarily still lifes, some of which were copies of his work.[1][2]

Stylistically, her paintings are influenced by her father's work, her cousin Raphaelle Peale's still lifes, and seventeenth-century Dutch still lifes.[3] Her works are noted for their "careful, precise observation"[4] and "stark arrangements of objects".[3] Her backgrounds tend to be "austere" or "neutral", setting off the colors and textures of her foreground objects.[4]

Margaretta Angelica Peale is buried in Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, PA.[5] Her paintings may be found in numerous collections, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, of which she was a founding member.[6]

Works in museum collections (incomplete list)[edit]



  1. ^ Hirshorn, Anne Sue (1996). "Anna Claypoole, Margaretta, and Sarah Miriam Peale: Modes of Accomplishment and Fortune". In Miller, Lillian B. The Peale Family : creation of a legacy, 1770-1870 (1st ed.). New York, NY: Abbeville Press. ISBN 9780789202062. 
  2. ^ Humphries, L. (2001). "A Trompe L'Oeil for Peale's Philadelphia Museum: ‘Catalogue Deception’ and the Problem of Peale Family Attributions". American Art Journal. 32 (1/2,): 5–44. 
  3. ^ a b c "Margaretta Angelica Peale". Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "Still Life with Watermelon and Peaches". Collections Database Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield Museum Consortium. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Margaretta Angelica Peale". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Heller, Nancy G. (2002). Women artists : an illustrated history (4th ed.). New York: Abbeville. p. 80. ISBN 978-0789207685. 
  7. ^ "Melon, Cherries and Plums". Philadelphia Museum of Art. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Search Results". Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog (SIRIS). Retrieved 2 April 2017.