Still Life: Mug, Pipe and Matches

Peto found an appreciative audience for his work in the patriotic upper-middle class. His ability to render distinctly American subject matter in the manner of European still life appealed to patrons who struggled to reconcile a sense of national pride with the more common notion of superior European tastes.

Grape Harvest

The Virginia-born painter John Gadsby Chapman is perhaps best known for his large canvas The Baptism of Pocahontas at Jamestown, Virginia, 1613 (1837-40), which hangs in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.  Having established himself as a significant painter and illustrator, in 1848, Chapman and his family left the United States for Europe, settling in […]