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June 22 ~ Society of the Cincinnati to Present Book Talk About the Peale Family as Shown in Art

Fri., June 22 (6pm): Carol Eaton Soltis, project associate curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will discuss and signs copies of her book on the artwork of the Peale family in 18th- and 19th-century America. This overview of the art of the Peales documents and interprets more than 160 works in a variety of media from the renowned collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. With discussions of both internationally famous masterworks such as Charles Wilson Peale’s Staircase Group (Portrait of Raphaelle Peale and Titian Ramsay Peale I) from 1795 and lesser-known but equally engaging pictures including Rubens Peale’s Magpie Eating Cake, Soltis traces the family’s history and reveals how the Peales’ energy, innovation, and entrepreneurship paved the way for generations of American artists.

image--courtesy Anderson House Museum

image–courtesy Anderson House Museum

The talk will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Selected Peale portraits from the Society of the Cincinnati’s collections will be on view during the event.

Seating for ths no-charge program to be held at the historic Anderson House (2118 Mass. Ave., NW) will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call (202) 785-2040, ext. 421 or visit

photo--Jon Black, 2012--courtsey Anderson House

photo–Jon Black, 2012–courtesy Anderson House

Visiting Anderson House provides a glimpse back into the history and splendor of Gilded Age Washington. This mansion was the winter home of Ambassador Plenipotentiary to Japan Larz Anderson III and his wife, Isabel, who hosted grand galas and intimate dinner parties for the high society of Washington for more than 30 social seasons. The Beaux Arts mansion directly across Massachusetts Avenue from the Cosmos Club features the Andersons’ collection of fine and decorative arts and is adorned with symbols of the family’s patriotism and pastimes. It offers a unique glimpse into political and private life in early 20th century Washington. The museum is open at no charge Tue.-Sat., 10am-4pm & Sun, noon-4pm. For more info, call 785-2040.