“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Near Centreville in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Birthplace of Charles Willson Peale

Birthplace of Charles Willson Peale Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, October 19, 2007
1. Birthplace of Charles Willson Peale Marker
     First Free School of Queen Anne’s County erected near here 1724. Its sixth master was Charles Peale, father of the distinguished portrait painter and museum founder—born 1741 in living quarters near the school.
     Luther Martin, renowned barrister, was among the school’s masters who later attained distinction in public service. The school’s visitors were local colonial leaders and among the pupils were many of the forefathers of the County’s prominent citizens.
Erected by Maryland Historical Society.
Location. 39° 1.643′ N, 76° 7.245′ W. Marker is near Centreville, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is at the intersection of Maryland Route 18 and Wright’s Neck Road, on the right on State Route 18. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Centreville MD 21617, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Ozmon: Captain of the Sea and Entrepreneur (approx. 3 miles away); Centreville Wharf (approx. 3 miles away); Shuttled By Ship (approx. 3 miles away); Bowlingly (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Bowlingly
Charles Willson Peale image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
2. Charles Willson Peale
This self-portrait of Charles Willson Peale hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Charles Willson Peale is best remembered as an artist, but he was also the proprietor of the first important museum in America, the Philadelphia Museum of art and natural history. In his mid-forties, after painting hundreds of portraits of the powerful and elite, Peale began a lifelong undertaking: the creation of a new museum designed for a republic. While science museums in Europe placed their specimens in drawers, pinned flat to white cloth, Peale's museum, designed to involve large numbers of Americans in an educational experience, presented them to visitors in lifelike situations, labeled with their scientific names and ordered in the Linnaean classification. Anyone who could pay the twenty­five-cent admission fee could enter, unlike European institutions, which required special application. Peale also directed the first scientific expedition in America, which exhumed and assembled a mastodon skeleton, helping scientists prove the existence of prehistoric animals.

Three years after completing this self-portrait, Peale gave up portrait painting as his profession to focus on his museum.” — National Portrait Gallery
(approx. 3.1 miles away); Chesterfield Avenue: River to Railroad Connection (approx. 3.2 miles away); Centrally Located (approx. 3.2 miles away); Wright’s Chance (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Centreville.
Also see . . .  Charles Willson Peale. From Maryland State Archives (Submitted on October 29, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicColonial EraNotable Persons
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,245 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 23, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on August 29, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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