Narrates the life of the early American portrait painter who established the first public picture gallery in America and who pursued numerous other interests including natural history.
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At first glance the book appears as no more than another biography of an old man. This coming from a teenager who has read more biographies than she would have cared to, The Ingenious Mr.Peale is more than it seems. It is the story of the life of an aspiring artist and his journey through a time long ago when art, particularly painting, was just getting popular. But Mr.Peale is more than just an artist. You must read on to find all the compelling and dangerous journeys he undertakes. Ms. Wilson draws you in and holds your attention for most of the book. There are dry spots but that is to be expected in any biography. This adventure into the life of Mr.Peale becomes more intriguing with each chapter building upon the last. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Colonial America or needs a good person to do a report on. This guy's life is about as involved as any soap opera.
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