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Documents Relating to the Charles Willson Peale Portrait of George Washington


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

The collection consists of reproductions of a portrait of Washington painted by Charles Willson Peale and documents relating to the possession of the original painting. (Washington had this portrait painted and presented to Joseph Wilson in gratitude for his services.) Included are the patents of appointment for Joseph Wilson as consul for the United States at Dublin signed by Washington in 1794 and for Thomas Wilson signed by John Quincy Adams in 1826. Also present are certified copies of portions of the wills of members of the Wilson family in which the portrait is mentioned, a brief history of its ownership by James Harrington Wilson in 1906, and other documents.

No acquisition information available.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

1. Documents Relating to the Charles Willson Peale Portrait of George Washington, 1794-1906. 1 volume.
Physical Description

1 volume

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