A Front View of the State House in Annapolis

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C. 1789 Maker: Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827)
Medium: Engraving
Museum Purchase in 1951

In addition to his work as a portraitist, naturalist, and museum professional, Maryland born artist Charles Willson Peale produced several important engravings in the late 18th century. He grew up in Annapolis and apprenticed to become a saddlemaker on what is now Main Street. He opened his own shop but disliked the trade.  Peale started painting as an amateur in the early 1760’s and showed such promise a group of wealthy Annapolis men sent him to England in 1767 to study under American expat artist Benjamin West (1738-1820). There, Peale absorbed the artistic styles of Europe. Peale’s engraving depicts the Annapolis workshops of Scottish-American cabinetmakers John Shaw and Archibald Chisholm to the left of the State House, and to the right the octagonal outhouse built by Shaw known as “The Temple” and the Little Treasury building built in 1729.


By Rachel Lovett, Curator

Posted on Mar 3, 2020 in , , by Hammond-Harwood House



Hammond-Harwood House

The mission of the Hammond-Harwood House Association is to preserve and to interpret the architecturally significant Hammond-Harwood House Museum and its collection of fine and decorative arts, and to explore the diverse social history associated with its occupants, both free and enslaved, for the purposes of education and appreciation.
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