|Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1784, |
|The Artist in His Museum, 1822,|
Charles Wilson Peale
Among these "Grand Manner" portrait painters were the Peales, Charles Wilson and his son Rembrandt, who were at the heart of America's first art dynasty in and around Philadelphia during the first half of the century. Thomas Sully injected a Romantic element into his portraits while John Trumbull tried his hand at architecture as well as painting. In New York, though without much success, he tried to establish an American version of the Royal Academy called the National Academy of Design. But most successful of all was Gilbert Stuart. He became something of an icon of American portraiture by whipping out paintings of the Presidents and other statesmen at an astounding rate, completing the faces in as little as two hours, often without so much as a preliminary drawing.
|The Declaration of Independence, 1795, John Trumbull|