DescriptionRembrandt Peale Autograph Letter Signed. One page with integral blank, 5" x 8", Philadelphia, February 29, 1860. Peale (1778-1860), one of the finest American portrait painters best-known for his portraits of Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, writes to Brantz Mayer concerning copies of a painting of Telemachus, a figure in Greek mythology, in part: "Mr. Sully & Mr. King simultaneously made copies from Mr. [Benjamin] West's picture in London. Mr. McMurtrie became the owner of Mr. Sully's copy & lent it to T. Birch to copy. I bought Birch's copy & borrowed Mr. King's to retouch it, Birch having made some variations from Sully's, which was more neatly executed, than that by Mr. King I thought better colored." With a one page handwritten biography of Peale and engraved portrait. Toned edges. Mounting remnant on the verso of blank.
English-born American painter Thomas Sully (1783-1872), in an effort to reduce debt, produced a copy of Benjamin West's "Telemachus and the Nymphs of Calypso" in 1810 (Sully studied under West for nine months the previous year).
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