Portrait of Dr. Thomas Cadwalader (1708–1779)

Charles Willson Peale, American, 1741 - 1827

Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

Date:
1770

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
50 1/2 x 40 1/2 inches (128.3 x 102.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 287, American Art, second floor

Accession Number:
1983-90-1

Credit Line:
Purchased for the Cadwalader Collection with funds contributed by the Mabel Pew Myrin Trust and the gift of an anonymous donor, 1983

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Label:
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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