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Mary Jane Peale
Portrait, Still-life, birds
American, (1827–1902)
This entry taken from, source: Stephanie Strass, "American Women Artists"

A specialist in portraiture and still life, Mary Jane Peale was one of the last of the famous Peale family of Philadelphia to paint those subjects.
She was born in New York City, and was the daughter of Rubens Peale who had a museum in New York. However, she spent most of her life
in Philadelphia. She was also the granddaughter of painter Charles Willson Peale, and the niece of portraitist Rembrandt Peale, with whom she took
her first lessons and then studied with Thomas Sully.
While living at the family home in Pottsbille, rural Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1856-1959, and
her teacher there was Thomas Eakins. Her father, Rubens, started painting in 1855, late in his life, and it is thought learned from his daughter
as they worked side by side.
When her mother, Eliza Burd Patterson Peale, died in 1864, she and her father moved to Philadelphia. After his death in the late 1860s, she studied in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and also returned to the Pennsylvania Academy in 1878.
On the farm, Mary Jane Peale had a greenhouse from which she used plants and flowers as subjects for some of her paintings. She also painted
fruit still lifes.
Peale never married and died in 1902 on her farm. She exhibited at the Great Central Fair in Philadelphia in 1864 and likely at the Philadelphia Sketch Club,
although the records are confusing because there are so many signatures in the exhibition records with M Peale or Misses Peale.

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