Rembrandt Peale (American, 1778-1860)Portrait of Margaret Irvine (Mrs. John) Miller (1756-1847)
Oil on canvas
27 x 22 inches
Literature: Exhibited and discussed in "In Pursuit of Fame: Rembrandt Peale 1778-1860," Washington D.C.: Smithsonian, 1992, p. 81, pl. 36. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, November 6, 1992 Ð February 7, 1993. This portrait exemplifies Peales tendency to take liberty with the way in which he portrayed his sitters. Mr. and Mrs. Miller begin as a working class family who later raised their position in Philadelphia society. Though their clothing is aristocratic, Mrs. Millers pose and gaze are those of a straightforward, working class woman. Likewise, Peale depicts her husband in a fine suit, resting on a stone, with detailed work affected. Mr. John Miller (1754-1814), a stonecutter, and his family were painted in exchange for steps and chimney pieces for PealeÕs house. The five other family portraits are also illustrated in the exhibition catalogue.
Provenance: From the sitter to her daughter and husband, John Breckinridge, Jr. (1797-1841, whose portraits are offered as lots 250 and 251);
Thence by descent to the present owner's late wife, who had lent the portrait to the exhibition "In Pursuit of Fame"
Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000