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Charles Waterton

15 of 25 portraits on display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery

Charles Waterton, by Charles Willson Peale, 1824 - NPG 2014 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Charles Waterton

by Charles Willson Peale
oil on canvas, 1824
24 1/8 in. x 20 1/4 in. (613 mm x 514 mm)
Purchased, 1924
Primary Collection
NPG 2014


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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.

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