George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Willson Peale, 27 September 1787

From Charles Willson Peale

Phila[delphi]a Sep. 27th 1787

Dr Sir

By this Post I take the liberty of sending a few Prints for your acceptance. I have not been able to Execute a greater number of Plates as yet, but am prepairing some others, which I hope will be published some time in the ensuing fall and Winter.1

Since you did me the favor of Visiting my Room, several natural Productions have been added, but the most Valuable are a pair of Panthers, male & female of full groath—most Terrifick Animals.2

With my best respects to your Lady, I am with the highest Esteem your obliged Friend and Humble Servant

C.W. Peale

ALS, DLC:GW; LB, PPAmP: Charles Willson Peale Papers.

1Peale refers to a mezzotint print of Benjamin Franklin in his letter of 27 Feb. 1787 to GW, and by April Peale had completed a mezzotint of Lafayette. While at the Constitutional Convention, GW sat for Peale, who wished to produce a mezzotint of GW (see Peale to GW, 29 May 1787). Peale advertised in the Pennsylvania Packet (Philadelphia) on 20 Aug. the sale within two weeks of his prints of Washington. GW hung at Mount Vernon the print of himself alongside those of Lafayette and Franklin (Wick, Graphic Portraits of Washington, description begins Wendy C. Wick. George Washington, an American Icon: The Eighteenth-Century Graphic Portraits. Washington, D.C., 1982. description ends 95–96).

2One of the mountain lions, Peale wrote, was “eight feet in length, and the other seven and a half” (Miller, Peale Papers, description begins Lillian B. Miller, ed. The Selected Papers of Charles Willson Peale and His Family. 4 vols. New Haven, 1983–96. description ends 1:490, n.2).

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