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American Philosophical Society
History of the Portrait Collection, Independence National Historical Park
Doris Devine Fanelli (au): Karie Diethorn (au). The Amer. Philosophical Soc. in conjunction with the Independence Nat. Historical Park (INHP) announces the publication of the first catalog of the portraits in the INHP collection. These portraits, most of which are exhibited in the 2nd Bank of the U.S., consist of 255 works, 109 of them by Charles Willson Peale. Many are likenesses of heroes of the Amer. Revolution & founders of Amer. gov't., statesmen, jurists, men of science, art & letters. The collection was enhanced by the addition of the works of notable 18th & 19th Anglo-Amer. artists. The book is divided into 2 sections: a history of the collection dividing it chapters covering works pre-1950, 1850-1900 & 1900-1951, & a catalog. Each catalog entry is enhanced with either a B&W or 4-color reproduction & contains a physical description of the portrait, a brief bio. of the subject, the circumstance of the portrait's commission & its provenance.
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