Something to be said for natural history museums
Gary D. Rosenberg, Renee M. Clary, "Something to be said for natural history museums", Museums at the Forefront of the History and Philosophy of Geology: History Made, History in the Making, Gary D. Rosenberg, Renee M. Clary
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MR. PEALE’S NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
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Charles Willson Peale’s self-portrait, The Artist in His Museum (book cover; Fig. 1; Newcomb), represents a seminal period in the emergence of natural history museums. Peale (1741–1827) completed the painting in 1822 as the modern natural history museum began to take shape, first in Europe and then in the young American nation as an outcome of the liberalizing transformations of the Enlightenment in both Europe and America. Peale had founded his museum in 1784, the second natural history museum in America. The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), where the painting now resides, recounts that Peale was an artist, naturalist, showman, promoter of American ideals, and dedicated to public education.