Peale, James

Peale, James:

see under Peale, Charles WillsonPeale, Charles Willson
, 1741–1827, American portrait painter, naturalist, and inventor, b. Queen Annes County, Md. Early Life

Apprenticed to a saddler in Annapolis, he became at 20 his own master and taught himself various other trades—watchmaking,
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Peale, James

(1749–1831) painter; born in Chestertown, Md. His older brother, Charles Willson Peale, was his teacher. He served in the Continental army (1776–79), and painted historical scenes, miniatures on ivory, and landscapes until his eyesight failed (1818). Living in Philadelphia, he helped run the Peale Museum.
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