Rembrandt Peale’s portrait of two of his daughters, The Sisters (1826), is interesting as much for the family it relates to as for the painting itself.
Peale’s father, Charles Wilson Peale, was a portraitist, amateur scientist, and the founder of the Philadelphia Museum.
Rembrandt Peale and his eccentrically named siblings continued their father’s renaissance-man accomplishments: Rembrandt and Rubens worked in museums; the two of them, Titian, and Raphaelle were artists; Franklin was a civil servant and officer of the Philadelphia Mint; and Titian was a scientist.
The Tenenbaum-esque family didn’t stop at that generation. Rosalba Peale, pictured holding a paintbrush and sitting in front of her sister Eleanor Peale Jacobs, often served as an assistant to her father.
A Portrait of Americans by Takagawa Bunsen, who attended the talk with Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Although the source describes it as Hibata Ōsuke, as the exhibit description and exhibit resource list describe it as Takagawa Bunsen, I will describe it as Takagawa Bunsen.
Parasite, enlarged 35 times. “On the 24th of December, 1858, a considerable number of small flukes were obtained from the liver of an American fox…”. Distoma conjunctum. The Intellectual observer. Vol. 1. 1862.
There’s only one person left on
Earth who was alive in the 1800s. Source
The death of 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones in May 2016 made Emma Morano, born November 29, 1899, the only person in the world who was alive before 1900. When she was informed of her new title, she was happy to have the honor, but said “My word, I’m as old as the hills.”