The Alexandria Association is the city’s oldest organization devoted to the preservation of Alexandria’s historic buildings, landscapes, records, and antiquities; and to education in the decorative, fine, and building arts.

Established 1932

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​Carol Soltis
“The Art of the Peales: America’s first Artistic Dynasty”

This lecture will discuss the Peale Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As the most representative and diverse collection of the art of the Peales, it is a collection that provides a unique opportunity to examine the ways in which these artists, male and female, young and old, influenced one another. Extending from the late 1760’s into the early twentieth century, it includes over 150 works in a variety of media. The presentation will discuss internationally famous works like Charles Wilson Peale’s Staircase Group, as well as the family’s particular engagement with Washington portraiture, represented in rare prints and oil portraiture. It will also illustrate their foundational practice of American still life painting, as represented in the very individual works of Raphaelle, James and Rubens Peale 

Carol Soltis, Project Associate Curator, joined the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Department of American Art in 2004. One of her responsibilities, as part of the curatorial team, has been to oversee the assimilation of Robert L. McNeil, Jr.’s extensive gift of work by the Peale family into its collection. Her book on this remarkable collection, The Art of the Peales, was published by Yale University Press in 2017. She has also written extensively on various members of the family and curated and co-curated exhibitions on Rembrandt Peale and Thomas Sully. A former staff member of The Peale Family Papers at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, she holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania. Please join us in welcoming Carol to Alexandria!

Monday, October 18, 2021
The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street
at 7 P.M.!!!!! 
NOTE new start time!!!

Please note new start time: Lite refreshment at 7 PM in lecture hall, lecture at 7:30. Masks required when in the common hallways, entrance hall, and restrooms. Masks and social distancing, as appropriate, encouraged in lecture hall. We can do this safely!!!!!

PLEASE REGISTER GUESTS WITH karen.d.paul1948@gmail.com. Fee for guests attending a one-time lecture is $10. MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION AND CALENDAR AVAILABLE AT OUR SITE: ALEXANDRIAASSOCIATION.ORG  In the event we must cancel a lecture at the last moment, we will attempt to notify you by email and post the cancellation on our site.