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Charles Willson Peale: Art and Selfhood in the Early Republic Hardcover – August 9, 2004
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"This is an invaluable critical study of Charles Willson Pealeclear, erudite, and imaginative. Ward shows what went wrong as well as right in Peale's lifelong attempts at self-fashioning, giving us a richer picture than ever before of this restless American figure."Alexander Nemerov, author of The Body of Raphaelle Peale: Still Life and Selfhood, 1812-1824
"One of the hallmarks of public life after the Revolution was the desire of notable Americans to fashion their own enduring reputations. This exquisite book lucidly and compellingly investigates how Charles Willson Peale expressed and controlled his imagein his ostensibly private autobiographical writing as well as in public forums such as self-portraiture and the production of spectacles and events. David C. Ward reassembles the visual and verbal conversations Peale conducted with and within himself over the course of five decades, and in doing so takes us on a remarkable journey through the labyrinth of a major artist's evolving self-consciousness during the early Republic."Paul Staiti, Professor of Fine Arts on the Alumnae Foundation, Mount Holyoke College