Portrait of Dr. Thomas Cadwalader (1708–1779)
Charles Willson Peale, American, 1741 - 1827
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This portrait of Dr. Thomas Cadwalader is painted in a style that is simple and subdued, consistent with his Quaker identity. A distinguished doctor known for his kindness, Cadwalader was active in Philadelphia’s cultural and scientific organizations. His erect posture and the turn of his body suggest a man interrupted while reading, giving the picture a narrative quality and adding vitality to the traditional pose.
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