Image via the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

Portraits by notable artists such as Charles Wilson Peale, Charles Peale Polk, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, and Cephas Thompson feature during a significant exhibition at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia.

“Painters and Patrons in the New Nation” is a fascinating exhibition on view at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Virginia through December 2019. The show features portraits made between 1780 and 1840 by notable artists including Charles Wilson Peale, Charles Peale Polk, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, and Cephas Thompson as well as lesser-known folk artists.

The exhibition will also focus on works from the Chesapeake region of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., also with examples from Georgia, Alabama, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Nearly three quarters of the portraits on view will be new to visitors; many of the artworks were either recently acquired by the DeWitt Museum or were newly conserved.

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