"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

William Paca

This portrait of William Paca, (1741-1827) painted on linen mattress ticking by Charles Willson Peale hangs in the Maryland Historical Society Museum in Baltimore Maryland.
"William Paca, a Maryland native, was an outspoken leader of the Revolutionary era. One of Maryland's four signers of the Declaration of Independence and member of the Annapolis Sons of Liberty, Paca also served three terms as Governor of Maryland. It was Governor Paca who greeted George Washington when he arrived in Annapolis in 1783 to resign his commission.

Peale described his portrait of Paca noting, ' ... the action is resting on a pedestal on which I have introduced the busy [sic] of Tully,' a reference to the bust of Cicero, a Roman orator and champion of . republican government. The garden and pavilion at Paca's 'summer house' in Annapolis appears in the background.

Further research is required to determine whether this portrait, too tall to be displayed in Paca's Annapolis home, originally hung in the State House, where Peale restored it in 1188, or at the subject's Wye Hall estate in Queen Anne's County." - Maryland Historical Society

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