This is a series begun in 2004 while living in Charleston, SC. My friend, a womens history professor, got me thinking about historical biases and I began to consider the fallacies that lay before me. What"s up with those people painted on ivory...
Rosalba is the eldest daughter of Rembrant Peale, portrayed here in her early twenties. Rembrandt tutored his daughter in art and raised her to be an independent and strong minded woman. Although Rosa had many suitors she refued to marry "the everyday man" and did not wed until she was sixty two. She was buried in Woodlands Cemetary, Philadelphia.Available through the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans.
John B. Hood was a Confederate General during The American Civil War. He had a reputation for bravery and aggressiveness that sometimes bordered on recklessness. Arguably one of the best brigade officers in the Confederate Army, Hood became increasingly ineffective. He lost use of one arm, a leg was amputated and finally severely damaged his army by launching a massive frontal assault at the Battle of Franklin. Retired, he became a cotton broker in New Orleans and lost his business during the yellow fever epidemic and then his life to the epidemic shortly after his wife died, leaving ten destitute children. Completed in 2013. NA.
George Gordon Meade was a career US Army officer and civil engineer involved in coastal construction, including several lighthouses. He is best known for defeating Confederate General Robert E. Lee at The Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. He died in Philadelphia and is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery. there are several monuments in Pennsylvania dedicated to Meade including one in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia by Alexander Milne Calder. Available from Jonathan Ferrara Galley, New Orleans.
Rawlin was a lawyer and politician, president/governor of South Carolina. I also know Lowndes Grove exists currently as a very nice old mansion on the Ashley River in Charleston which belonged to his son, where I have been to a few good oyster roasts. Painting complete 2013. Available at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans.