By Levi Clancy for Student Reader on
Peale (1741 - 1827) achieved success when combined artistic ability, inventiveness and showmanship to create an unusual and profitable museum of portraits and natural curiosities in Philadelphia.
Charles Willson Peale tried several professions before finding financial success. Early in life, he was a saddler, a watchmaker, an upholsterer and a silversmith. Later, Peale went into painting and ultimately was able to support his family. As a dedicated radical and soldier during the American Revolution, Peale's commitment led him to record the faces that created the nation.