Peale's Portrait of Lewis

Meriwether Lewis (1807)

by Charles Willson Peale

Peale's portrait of Lewis

Independence National Historic Park

Oil on canvas. Original size, 23 x 18¾ inches.

Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827), was famous not only as an artist but also as the curator of "Peale's Museum" in Philadelphia, which contained his remarkable collection of natural history specimens as well as more than one hundred of his own portraits of famous people. He painted this likeness of Lewis in April of 1807.


Further Reading

Paul R. Cutright, "Lewis & Clark: Portraits and Portraitists," Montana: The Magazine of Western History, XIX, 2 (April 1969), 37–53.