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The Exhumation of the Mastodon, 1805-08

Charles Willson Peale (American, 1741-1827)


Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society; used with permission

Charles Willson Peale (American, 1741-1827). The Exhumation of the Mastodon, 1805-08. Oil on canvas. 50 x 62 1/2 in. (127 x 158.8 cm). (BCLM-MA.5911).

Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society

About the Show:

In over 100 works, American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915 illustrates the constantly changing ways in which inhabitants of what would become the United States of America viewed themselves from the decade before the Revolutionary War to just before World War I. Along the way, it also tells the story of how the role of American artist shifted from humbly-paid craftsman to highly-valued professional. The exhibition is arranged chronologically into four themes: "Inventing American Stories, 1765-1830," "Stories for the Public, 1830-1860," "Stories of War and Reconciliation, 1860-1877" and "Cosmopolitan and Candid Stories, 1877-1915."

Scheduled Venues:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: October 12, 2009-January 24, 2010
Los Angeles County Museum of Art: February 28-May 23, 2010

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