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Making a Museum: The Peale Family in Early Baltimore

Location: Homewood Museum
Dates: December 4, 2014-May 31, 2015



Charles Willson Peale, his sons, nieces and nephew were artists and naturalists whose portraits, miniatures, still lifes and silhouettes provide an eloquent and detailed chronicle of the most notable people and events of the republic’s early history. In addition to a selection of the family’s Baltimore-related artwork, this focus exhibition explores the origins and continued development of the landmark museum and portrait gallery opened in Baltimore by Rembrandt Peale in 1814, and which now is poised to reopen after restoration as the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture. The exhibition is curated by Johns Hopkins University students in the Museums & Society course, Curating Homewood (AS.389.261).

Exhibit currently on view at the Homewood Museum through May 31, 2015.

(Image: Admission ticket to Peale's Museum, attributed to Rembrandt Peale, c. 1815, Private Collection)