Charles Coleman Sellers Collection

Mss.Ms.Coll.3

Date: Circa 1940-1978 | Size: 19.5 Linear feet

Abstract

The collection of Charles Coleman Sellers (1903-1980) contains copious and detailed documentation of the art of Charles Willson Peale and his family. It consists of working files for Sellers's numerous publications, including his Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale (1952); Charles Willson Peale with Patron and Populace (1969); C. W. Peale's Portraits of Washington (1951); Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (1962); Mr. Peale's Museum (1980).

Most files include photographs of the art work, notes on the piece, and correspondence with authorities or owners. Other series include one relating to the paintings of various other Peales, including Anna C., James, Mary Jane, Raphaelle, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Sarah Miriam, and a miscellaneous artist file, which includes the same type of material and information on many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century artists, including Thomas Eakins, George Healy, Robert Edge Pine, William Rush, Thomas Sully, Benjamin West, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, etc. There is a separate Sellers collection at Dickinson College, primarily personal in nature.

Background note

Charles Coleman Sellers (1903-1980) was a noted historian of early America, best known for his numerous works on the life and artistic production of the family of his own great-grandfather, Charles Willson Peale. Born in Overbrook, Pa., in 1903, Sellers attended Haverford College (1925) and Harvard (MA 1926), before taking a position as librarian at Wesleyan College (1937-1949) and, later, Dickinson College (1956-1968). For several years in the late 1940s, Sellers worked at the American Philosophical Society as Research Associate.

Sellers's numerous books and articles focused largely on the voluminous artistic output of the Peale family and on the Peale Museum, an important site in the early Republic for presenting natural history to the general public. Sellers also conducted research on Benjamin Franklin and others among the Peales' contemporaries. He was awarded the Bancroft Prize in 1970 for his work on Peale and was elected to membership in the APS in 1979. He died in 1980 while on a visit to Australia.

Scope and content

The Sellers Collection consists of the working file of the historian, Charles Coleman Sellers, pertaining to his research on the artistic oevre of Charles Willson Peale and his family. The Collection is organized in seven series, corresponding roughly to Sellers's publications on the subject, plus a series containing general notes on other contemporary artists and a small miscellaneous correspondence file.

Series I Charles Willson Peale Portraits and Miniatures 7 linear feet
Series II Mr. Peale's Museum 3 linear feet
Series III Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture 0.5 linear feet
Series IV Washington Portraits 1 linear foot
Series V Paintings by the Peales 4 linear feet
Series VI Artist File 1 linear foot
Series VII Correspondence 1 linear foot
Series VIII Miscellaneous materials 19 items; 2.5 linear feet

Native American Images Note : Reprinted black and white photographs from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard of Native American artifacts once held by Charles Willson Peale's Philadelphia Museum. Some of the items include Plains and Northwestern Indian utensils, clothes and canoes of the early 1800s. Of note, Thomas Jefferson's Indian collection including a peace pipe, a painted buffalo robe, Cree Indian dresses and an Indian hunting shirt worn by Captain Cook. Some later dated images, ca. 1840s, depict native Hawaiian and Caribbean objects. Primarily housed in Series II.

Collection Information

Restrictions

Restrictions on Use:

Photographs of portraits owned privately or owned by other institutions can not be reproduced.

Provenance

Gift of the estate of Charles Coleman Sellers, 1980 (accession number 1980-276ms).

Preferred citation

Cite as: Charles Coleman Sellers Collection, American Philosophical Society.

Related material

Several collections of papers pertaining to the Peale Family are housed at the APS, and these have been issued as a microfiche set, Lillian B. Miller, ed., The Collected Papers of Charles Willson Peale and His Family (Millwood, N.Y.: Kraus Microform, 1980).

There is a Sellers collection at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., primarily personal in nature.

Bibliography

Sellers, Charles Coleman, "Charles Willson Peale's Portraits of Washington," Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (February 1951). Call no.: 920 Pam. 133.

Sellers, Charles Coleman, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale, APS Transactions 42 (1952). Call no.: 506.73 Am4t

Sellers, Charles Coleman, Benjamin Franklin in Portraiture (New Haven: Yale, 1962). Call no.: B F85se.

Sellers, Charles Coleman, Charles Willson Peale with Patron and Populace, APS Transactions 59 (1969). Call no.: 506.73 Am4t

Sellers, Charles Coleman, Mr. Peale's Museum (N.Y.: Norton, 1980). Call no.: B P31se

Indexing Terms


Family Name(s)

  • Peale family

Genre(s)

  • Gelatin silver prints
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Eakins, Thomas, 1844-1916
  • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
  • Healy, George Peter Alexander, 1813-1894
  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
  • Peale, Anna Claypoole, 1791-1878
  • Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827
  • Peale, James,1749-1831.
  • Peale, Mary Jane, 1827-1902
  • Peale, Raphaelle, 1774-1825
  • Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860
  • Peale, Rubens, 1784-1865
  • Peale, Sarah Miriam, 1800-1885
  • Pine, Robert Edge, 1730?-1788
  • Rush, William, 1756-1833
  • Sellers, Charles Coleman, 1903-1980
  • Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872
  • West, Benjamin, 1738-1820
  • Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903

Subject(s)

  • Anishinaabe
  • Art
  • Artists
  • Comanche Indians
  • Cree Indians
  • Crow Indians
  • Dakota Indians
  • Indians of North America -- Great Lakes (North America)
  • Indians of North America -- Oklahoma
  • Indians of North America -- Pacific Coast
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806)
  • Mandan Indians
  • Northwest Coast Indians
  • Ojibwa Indians
  • Ojibwe people
  • Painters -- United States
  • Plains Indians
  • Tlingit Indians
  • Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Portraits, caricatures, etc


Detailed Inventory

Series I. Charles Willson Peale Portraits & Miniatures
  box 1-14
Abercrombie, Mrs. James. (Minature)
  
Adams, John
  
Aitken, Robert, and wife
  
Adlum, John
  
Arbuckle, James, family
  
Armand, Gen. Armstrong, William
  
Bailey, Francis, and wife
  
Baker, Hilary
  
Baldwin, William
  
Baltimore, Lord
  
Barlow, Joel
  
Barney, Joshua
  
Barry, John (James Peale?)
  
Barton, Benjamin Smith
  
Barton, William
  
Barton, Sarah Benezet
  
Bartram, John
  
Bartram, William
  
Bassett, Col. Burwell
  
Bayard, John, and wife
  
Baylor, George
  
Bedford, Gunning
  
Belestre, François Marie
  
Belfield
  
Bendiner minatures
  
Benezet, Elizabeth. See: Horsfield, Elizabeth Benezet
  
Benezet, Mary [Wood-Pitmore]
  
Benjamin, Col. Eyres
  
Bentalou, Paul
  
Berrett, Robert, and Lydia
  
Berryhill, John, and Elizabeth
  
Bethesda
1821 
Beveridge, David, and Mary Emlen
  
Biddle, Clement
  
Biddle, James
  
Biddle, Nicholas
  
Bingham, William
  
Birchall, James [C.W.Peale?]
  
Birkhead,
  
Blake, Robert
  
Bland, Theodorick
  
Blaney, (Sully?)
  
Bloomfield, Joseph, and Mary McIlvaine
  
Blount, John Gray
  
Blount, William
  
Bogert, Cornelius J
  
Boller, Catharine
  
Bonapartes in Bordentown, New Jersey
  
Bordley, Elizabeth
  
Bordley, Henrietta Maria
  
Bordley, John Beale
  
Bordley, John Beale, artile, Pharos
  
Bordley, John Beale, Frederick Moore materials
  
Bordley, John Beale, landscape
  
Bordley, Thomas, and Matthias
  
Boudinot, Elias
  
Bourne, Sylvanus
  
Boy
  
Boy in kilts
  
Boy with flute - pastel
  
Bradford, Richard H
  
Bradford, William
  
Brent, Daniel Carroll (?)
  
Brewer, [baby]
  
Brewer, Mrs. Eleanor Maccubin
  
Brewer, Nicholas
  
Brewer, Nicholas (Sutherland)
  
Brice, Mrs.John
  
Brodhead, Daniel
  
Brown, Jacob
  
Brunot, Felix, and daughter, Louisa
  
Buckland, William
  
Buckley, Daniel
  
Bull,
  
Burd, Edward
  
Burns, Mrs. G
  
Burr,
  
Butler, Anthony
  
Cadwalader, John
  
Cadwalader, Lambert
  
Cadwalader,Thomas
  
Caldwell, Susanna (Mrs. McCutcheon)
  
Calhoun, John C
  
Callahan, John
  
Calvert, Charles
  
Cambray-Digny, Louis Antoine Jean Baptiste
  
Candlelight
  
Carré, Charles, and Jean-Thomas Carré
  
(Carroll, Charles?) - unknown
  
Carroll children
  
Carroll, Charles (barrister)
  
Carroll, Mrs. Charles
  
Carroll, James
  
Carroll, Nicholas
  
Carson, John
  
Carter children
  
Carey, Richard
  
Caton, Richard (?)
  
Charlton, Mrs. Francis M
  
Charlton, Richard
  
Chase, Mrs. Jeremiah Townley (Hester Baldwin)
  
Chase, Samuel
  
Chase, Mrs. Anne Baldwin
  
Chastellux,
  
Clark, William
  
Clarke, Elijah (Wren)
  
Clarkson, Mrs. Catherine Floyd
  
Clarkson, Joseph (Du Simitiere?)
  
Clay, Henry
  
Claypoole, James
  
Claypoole, Mary Chambers
  
Clerc, Laurent
  
Clymer, George
  
Cochran, John
  
Cockey, John
  
Coddington, Elizabeth Fitz-Randolph
  

(see: Fitz-Randolph, Elizabeth)

Columbianum
  
Columbus, Christopher
  
Cooper, Thomas
  
Conservation
  
Cooper, Virginia
  
Corbin, Mrs. Richard
  
Cortez,Hernando
  
Court of Death (copy)
  
Courtenay, Edward
  
Covington, Leonard
  
Cox, John, and Esther
  
Coxe, John R
  
Craig, Mrs. Margaret M
  
Craik, James
  
Crawford, James, family
  
Crawford, William H
  
Crayon (Magazine)
  
Cropper, John
  
Cunningham, James
  
Custis, J P
  
Daffin, Mrs. Elinor Ennalls
  
Dagworthy, Mrs. Martha Cadwalader
  
Dalzell, Jane Loudon
  
Davie, William Richardson
  
Dean, Joseph
  
Dearborn, Henry
  
DeButts, John
  
Decatur, Stephen
  
De Haas, John Philip
  
Delozier, Daniel
  
Dent, John, and Sarah Marshall Dent, and Ann Herbert Dent
  
Dentistry
  
De Peyster,
  
De Peyster, Abraham B
  
De Peyster, Anna
  
De Peyster, James, and Anna
  
De Peyster, John
  
De Peyster, John, and Elizabeth Haring De Peyster
  
De Peyster, Mrs.Margaret
  
De Peyster, William, Sr., and Margareta Roosevelt De Peyster (copies)
  
De Peyster, William, Jr., and Christiana Dally De Peyster
  
De Peyster, William, Jr. (minature)
  
De Peyster family
  
Dickinson, John
  
Dickinson, John, and Mary Norris Dickinson
  
Dixon, John, and Mrs. Rosanna Dixon and daughter
  
Donaldson, Andrew
  
Donaldson, Joseph
  
Dorsey, Nathan
  
Drawings
  
Annapolis from tower 1788 - Creek and trees.
  
Belfield sketches
  
Blackberry tour sketch book
1824 
Brandywine
  
Brandywine
c.180?-1809 
Bridge
1796-1797 
Cannon
c.1779 
Columbian Magazine
1786-1790 
Columbian Magazine 1789 frontispiece
  
Diary sketches
  
Dogs
c. 1785-1795 
Draisiana
1819 
Eagle
1806 
Ferry 3 miles below Bristol
1777? 
Fireplace
1797-1802 
Hudson River
1801 
in letters
  
Lewis and Clark items
  
Map
1776 
Nature
c. 1803 
Page monument
Nov.-Dec. 1809 
1813 sketch book
  
Skull of bison?
  
Skulls. Published
c.1816-1818 
Universal Asylum vignette.
1790 
Duer, Lady Catherine
  
Duffield, Benjamin
  
Dunlop, John (Rembrandt Peale)
  
Duportail, Louis Lebeque
  
Eakin, Samuel
  
Early still life
  
Eden, Robert
  
Edwards, Jonathan
  
Elisha restoring to life the Shunammite's son, after Benjamin West
  
Ellicott, Louisa McFadden
  
Elliott, Thomas
  
Engravings
  
Accident in Lombard Street
  
Richardson
  
Ticket
  
Ewing, John
  
Ewing, Maskell, and Jane Hunter Ewing
  
Falls of Schuylkill
  
Family (early painting?)
  
Febiger, Christian
  
Fell, William
  
Ferguson, Thomas Ladsom
  
Findley, William (Rembrandt Peale)
  
First paintings
  
Fishbourne, Benjamin
  
Fitzgerald, Thomas
  
Fitzhugh, William
  
Fitz-Randolph, Elizabeth [Mrs. Coddington?]
  
Fitzsimmons, Christopher, and Catherine Pritchard Fitzsimmons
  
Flags
  
Flower, Benjamin
  
Floyd, Miss
  
Forman, David, and wife, Elizabeth Lee
  
Forrest, Thomas
  
Forsyth, Robert
  
Fox, George
  
Frames
  
Francis, Emma (James Peale "Household")
  
Francis, Katherine
  

See also: Francis, Emma [no Emma Francis exists]

Francis, Mrs. Anne Willing
  
Franklin, Benjamin
  
Franks, David Salisbury
  
Frisby, Mr. and Mrs.
  
Fullerton, Robert, and wife Mary Hall
  
Fulton, Robert (Rembrandt Peale)
  
Gadsden, Christopher (Rembrandt Peale)
  
Galbraith, Mrs.
  
Gano, Stephen
  
Gano miscellany
  
Gassaway, John
  
Gates, Horatio
  
Gelston, David, and wife
  
Gerard de Rayneval, Conrad Alexandre
  
Gibbs, Caleb
  
Gibbs, Richard and wife, Margery Harrison
  
Gignilliant, James, and wife, Charlotte Pepper
  
Gilmor, Robert, and wife
  
Girl with toy horse
  
Gist, Mordicai, and wife
  
Gittings, James, and wife, Elizabeth Buchanan
  
Glenn, James
  
Glentworth, George
  
Goldsborough, Mrs. Henrietta Maria Tilghman
  
Goldsborough, Mary Ann Turbot
  
Goldsborough, Robert, and family
  
Goldsborough, William
  
Goldsbury (Goldsborough), Samuel
  
Gorham, Nathaniel
  
Graeme, Thomas
  
De Grasse,
  
Green, Ashbel
  
Green, Mrs. Anne Catherine
  
Green, Mrs. Anne Catherine Hoof
  
Green, Jonas, and wife
  
Greene, Nathanael
  

See also: Washington

Grubb, Sarah
  
Grundy, Mrs.Mary Carr
  
Habersham, Joseph
  
Hackett, (not C.W.Peale)
  
Hake, Mrs. Eva Margareta Elizabeth De Peyster
  
Haley, Nathan (Vanderlyn)
  
Hall, Elihu, and wife Catherine Orrick
  
Hall, Mrs. Josias
  
Hall, Elizabeth and Catherine
  
Hallam, Nancy (Sarah)
  
Hamilton, Alexander
  
Hampton, Wade
  
Hancock, George, and wife, Margaret Strother
  
Hancock, John
  
Hanson, Alexander Contee
  
Hanson, John
  
Hare, Robert (Rembrandt Peale)
  
Harleston, John
  
Harris, David (Pine)
  
Harris, Thomas, and wife, Eleanor Davidson
  
Harrison, Benjamin, of Berkeley, and wife, Elizabeth Page
  
Harrison, Benjamin, Jr.
  
Hart,
  
Harvey, Miss
  
Harwood, Mrs. Thomas (Margaret Strachan)
  
Haskins, Mrs. Sarah Barclay
  
Hay, George
  
Hazelwood,
  
Hazlehurst, Robert
  
Head of a child
  
Head of a man (C.C.S.)
  
Heston, Mrs. John
  
Hewes, Joseph
  
Heyward, Thomas, Jr.
  
Hiester, Daniel
  
Hiester, Joseph
  
Hindman, Charles, and Mrs. Maria Campbell Ridgely
  
History of sources for C.W.Peale items
  
Hopkinson, Francis, and wife
  
Horsfield, Elizabeth Benezet
  
Howard, Charles
  
Howard, Hannah Few
  
Howard, John Eager
  
Howard, Mrs. Peggy Oswald Chew
  
Howell, Asher Mott (Rembrandt Peale?)
  
Howell, Joseph, Jr.
  
Hughes, Christopher
  
Humboldt, Alexander von
  
Hunt, Memucan, and wife (not C.W.Peale)
  
Huntington, Samuel
  
Hutchinson, James
  
Hutson, Richard
  
Hutton, John Strangeways
  
Illustrations
  
Independent Club
  
Ingersoll, Jared
  
Inglis, John
  
Innis, Mrs. Rebecca Lewis
  
Innskeep, John (Rembrandt Peale)
  
Irvine, James
  
Irwin, Charles C (Benjamin Trott)
  
Jackson, Andrew
  
Jackson, Mrs. Hannah Tracy
  
Jackson, William
  
James, Charles C
  
Jay, John
  
Jay, John (James Peale?)
  
Jay, Peter Augustus
  
Jefferson, Thomas
  
Jenings, Edmund, III
  
Jennings, Thomas
  
Jessup, August E
  
Johnson, John, and brother
  
Johnson, Rinaldo
  
Johnson, Thomas, family
  
Johnson, Thomas (minature)
  
Johnson, Thomas, and wife
  
Jones, Gabriel (C.W.Peale?)
  
Jones, John Paul
  
Jones, Noble Wimberly
  
Josiah, James
  
Kalb, Baron de
  
Kauffman, Angelica
  
Keener, Melchior
  
Kerr, David, and wife, Mrs. Rachel Leeds Bozeman
  
Key, Philip, II
  
Key, Francis Scott
  
Kilby, William (Rembrandt Peale)
  
King, Rufus
  
King, William (C.W.Peale?)
  
Knox, Henry
  
Knox, Robert, and wife, Mrs. Sarah Hollingshead
  
Krebs, George Michael
  
Lady
  
Lady (Allis)
  
Lady (minature) John Elwyn Stone. (James Mease)
  
Lafayette
  
Laming, Benjamin, and wife, Mrs. Eleanor Ridgely
  
Lansdale, William Moylan (Bass Otis)
  
Landscapes
  
Belfield
  
Belfield (Parkinson-Levin
  
[C.W.Peale?]
  
Dressler
  
General
  
Moore House
1805 
Obelisk
1813 
Oil
  
Wayne (drawing)
  
"White House" Wilmer
  
Latimer, George
  
Latimer, James
  
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry
  
Laurens, Henry
  
Laurens, John
  
Lear, Tobias
  
Lee, Arthur
  
Lee, Billy
  

See: Yarrow Mamout

Lee, Henry
  
Lee, Henry (Rembrandt Peale)
  
Lee,Richard Bland
  
Lee, Richard Henry
  
Legeré, Solomon (C.W.Peale?)
  
Lehman, Mrs. W E (J. Peale?)
  
Leiper, Mrs. Elizabeth Coultas Gray
  
Lesueur, Charles Alexandre
  
Levy, Moses and wife, Mrs. Mary Pearce Levy
  
Lewis, Addison
  
Lewis, John
  
Lewis, Meriwether
  
Lincoln, Benjamin
  
Linn, William (Jarvis)
  
List of portraits
1770-1772 
List of portraits
  
Livingston, Philip (??) Not C.W.Peale. (Del Drago)
  
Livingston, Robert
  
Livingston, Robert R
  
Lloyd, Edward
  
Lloyd, Richard
  
Lloyd, Richard Bennett
  
Lloyd family portraits (article)
  
Logan, Mrs. Deboarh Norris
  
Long, Stephen Harriman
  
Longueuil, Joseph Dominique Emmanuel Le Moyne de
  
Lotbiniere, Eustache Gaspard, sieur de
  
Lovett notes
  
Lowell, John
  
Lowndes, Christopher, and Mrs. Elizabeth Tasker
  
Lukens, Isaiah
  
Luzerne, Anne César de la
  
Lynn, David, and wife Mrs. Mary Galloway
  
McAllister, Mrs. John, Jr.
  
McClenachan, Blair
  
McComb, Eleazer
  
McElderry, Mr. and Mrs. (Eichholtz?)
  
McHenry, James, and wife Mrs. Margaret Caldwell
  
McIlvaine, Ferguson
  
McIntosh, Lachlan
  
Mackall, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin
  
McKean, Thomas
  
Mackenzie, Thomas
  
Mackubbin, Charles Carroll
  
Mackubbin, Mrs. Charles Carroll
  
Mackubin, Mrs. James
  
McLane, Allan
  
Macpherson, Capt. and Mrs. John
  
Madison, James
  
Magellan, Fernando
(c. 1470-1521) 
Maitland, Mrs. Susanna Poythress
  
Mamout, Yarrow
  

See: Billy Lee

Man. American Art Association
1916 

(Thaw-Vose)

Man. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  
Man with a cane
  
Man with cane
  
Marshall, John (Ball Hughes)
  
Maryland Lady and man
  
Mason, George (Hesselius
1754) 
Mastodon
1806 
Matlack, Timothy
  
Maynard, Miss (James Peale)
  
Meade, George
  
Mease, James (Rembrandt Peale?)
  
Medals
  
Medford, Marmaduke
  
Medical
  
Meigs, Return Jonathan
  
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Unidentified portrait
  
Mifflin, Samuel, and wife Mrs. Rebecca Edghill
  
Mifflin, Thomas (not C.W.Peale)
  
Miles, Samuel
  
Milledollar, Philip (James Peale and C.W.Peale?) and wife Mrs. Susan Benson
  
Miller, Elizabeth
  
Milligan, Mrs.
  
Miralles,
  
Miscellany
  
Monroe, James
  
Montgomery, Mrs. James
  
Montgomery, Richard
  
Moore, Mrs. David (Rembrandt Peale?)
  
Moore, Frederick
  

See: John Beale Bordley-Frederick Moore materials

Moore, Philip or James
  
Moore, Richard
  
Moore, William
  
Morgen, Daniel
  
Morris, Anthony
  
Morris, Gouverneur, and Robert
  
Morris, Mrs. Mary White
  
Morris, Olivia Simes (James Peale)
  
Morris, Phoebe Pemberton
  
Morris, Mrs. Rachel
  
Morris, Robert
  
Mosloy, Comte de
  
Moultrie, William
  
Muhlenberg, Frederick Augustus Conrad
  
Muhlenberg, Gotthilf Henry Ernest
  
Muhlenberg, Henry Melchior
  
Murray, Misses
  
Murray, William L
  
The Muse
1762-1763 
The Muse
1764 
Music
  
Music - Black box
  
Music illustrations
  
Music -"Lass of Richmond Hill" "Hush Ev'ry Breeze"
  
Music - Tobacco box
  
National Portrait Gallery Project
  
Nelson, Judith Page: Mrs. Hugh Nelson: and, Jane B. Nelson
  
Nevins, David (Rembrandt Peale)
  
Newell, Elisha
  
Nicholas, Samuel
  
Nichols, Francis
  
Nicholson, John
  
Nicholson, Joseph
  
Nicholson, Thomas
  
Nixon, John
  
Noah
1819 Oct. 25-Dec. 11 
North, William
  
Norvell, John
  
Nutz, Margaretha Keyser