Fine Arts


Fine Arts


This collection includes classicizing painting, drawing, and sculpture.

Collection Items

George Washington, Patriae Pater
One of a series of at least 79 portraits of Washington painted by Rembrandt Peale, only one of them from life. In this "porthole" style painting Washington is surrounded with classical motifs. The oak wreath or "corona civica," awarded to Roman…

Phidias Studying for the Parthenon Frieze
Oil sketch of Phidias studying horses and riders from the life for the Parthenon frieze.

Portrait of Captain Samuel Blodget in Rifle Dress
Captain Samuel Blodget, Jr. (1757-1814), designer of the First Bank of the United States, is shown as an officer of the New Hampshire Militia. Trumbull has painted Blodget full length, but on the same scale as the figures in the history paintings he…

Fourth of July in Centre Square
John Lewis Krimmel emigrated from his native Germany to Philadelphia in 1810. At first he supported himself by painting portraits and teaching drawing but soon began to paint images of Philadelphia life; he may, in fact, be the earliest American…

Portrait of Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe
"During his first term as President, in March 1803, Thomas Jefferson appointed Benjamin Latrobe Surveyor of Public Buildings. It may have been in recognition of this honor that Latrobe's good friend Charles Willson Peale painted this portrait for his…

William Strickland, Esquire
This half-length portrait depicts Strickland, architect of Philadelphia's Second Bank of the United States, Merchants' Exchange, and United States Naval Asylum, as well as the Tennessee State Capitol and other important Greek Revival structures, with…

Presentation Vase
One of a pair.
engraved on plaque in front of base: The Merchants of Pearl Street, New York / TO THE HON. DEWITT CLINTON / Whose claim to the proud Title of "Public Benefactor", / is founded on those magnificent works, / The Northern and Western…

George Washington togate
Cerracchi faciebat, Philadelphia, 1795 (on back of column).
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