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The Course of Empire: Destruction
Oil on canvas (relined)
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This portrait study of the clergyman and scientist Joseph Priestley is related to a completed portrait of the subject in the American Philosophical Society. Peale's study of Priestley remained in his possession and passed into the collection of the Peale Museum; it was purchased by the donor at the sale of that museum in 1854.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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