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Documents Relating to the Charles Willson Peale Portrait of George Washington


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

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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.

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Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

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The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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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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