1 of 2 portraits of Charles Waterton
by Charles Willson Peale
oil on canvas, 1824
24 1/8 in. x 20 1/4 in. (613 mm x 514 mm)
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Artistback to top
- Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), Painter, engraver, sculptor, writer and inventor. Artist associated with 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The artist Peale was also a naturalist with a museum in Philadelphia. When he first met Waterton, in 1824, Waterton launched into a description of his method of taxidermy using the Guiana Red Cotinga and the cat's head that the artist has included here.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 22
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 17
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 113
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 496
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 644
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1824back to top
Current affairsAnti-Trade Union Combination Acts of 1799 and 1800 are repealed after persuasive arguments from radical Francis Place that prohibition of workers' combinations only increased their appeal. The unions had been banned for fear that they were becoming involved in democratic politics.
Art and scienceNational Gallery is established when Parliament agrees to purchase a collection of thirty-eight paintings from the estate of philanthropist John Julius Angerstein. William Seguier is appointed first Keeper.
Society of British Artists holds its first exhibition, aiming to appeal to a broader art public than those who visited the Royal Academy.
InternationalLord Byron dies of a fever at Missolonghi while fighting in the Greek War of Independence.
Britain declares war on Burma after threat of Indian invasion.
Singapore is ceded to Britain.
John Constable's Haywain receives Gold Medal at the Paris Salon.