oil on canvas
United States
Unframed: 30 × 25 in. (76.2 × 63.5 cm)
Framed: 37 1/4 × 32 1/4 × 3 in. (94.62 × 81.92 × 7.62 cm)
Second son of the illustrious Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale benefited not only from his father’s art instruction but also from close associations with famous Americans – his portrait of George Washington, whom he painted frequently. This painting’s subject, John Marshall of Richmond, Virginia, served as the fourth chief justice of the United States, presiding over the Supreme Court from 1801 to 1835. Likely painted from life in preparation for a large work now in the court’s collection, Peale’s portrait seems to capture Marshall’s inner character and judicial temperament.
on back of canvas: Chief Justice Marshall / Painted at Washington D.C. by Rembrandt Peale 1834
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
Virginia’s Diplomats, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Va., February 4 – July 30, 2006

Cussing Cousins, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Va., February 3 – May 27, 2001

In Pursuit of Fame: Rembrandt Peale 1788-1860. National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., November 6, 1992 – February 15, 1993

Exhibition of Portraits by Charles Willson, James, and Rembrandt Peale, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, April 11 – May 9, 1923
O’Leary, Elizabeth L., Sylvia Yount, Susan Jensen Rawles, and David Park Curry. American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Charlottesville: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the University of Virginia Press, 2010. (Fig. 10, p. 6).

John Marshall. In the Opinion of the Court. Henrico Co, VA: Henrico County Public Relations & Media Services, 2010. Educational DVD.

Didactic for installation in the Supreme Court, July 10 – August 31, 2006.

Gerdts, William H. “A Hero of Humanity: The Portraits of John Marshall.” In: The Face of Justice: Portraits of John Marshall. Huntington, WV: Huntington Museum of Art, Marshall University, 2001. Exhibition catalog. (Fig. 26, p. 35-36).

Jordan, Bob. Executive producer. "The Powers of the U.S. Government." Supreme Court disk from a three-part video-disc, ABC News, Spring 1991.

Miller, Lillian B. In Pursuit of Fame: Rembrandt Peale 1778-1860. Washington, D.C.: National Portrait Gallery, 1992. (Fig. 105, p. 222).

Raa, Linda. Producer. Story of America Past. American history series. Denver: Denver Public Schools, 1987.

Fell, Gail. VIsual Editor. Educational filmstrip on landmark Supreme Court cases. Mount Kisco, NY: Guidance Associates, The Center for Humanities, 1985.

Kukla, John. "Putting Silence Beyond the Reach of Government." Virginia Cavalcade XXXIV, no. 1 (Summer 1984): 20.

Royster, Charles. "A Battle of Memoirs." Virginia Cavalcade XXXI, no. 2 (Autumn 1981): 112-127.

Baydo, Jerry. U.S.A. New York: Wiley & Sons, Inc. Publishers, 1980.

Oliver, Andrew. "The Best Likenesses of John Marshall." Virginia Cavalcade XXVI, no. 4 (Spring 1977): 162-175.

Oliver, Andrew. The Portraits of John Marshall. Charlottesville: Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Va., by the University Press of Virginia, 1977. (p. 51).

Dabney, Virginius. The Patriots: The American Revolution Generation of Genius. New York: Atheneum, 1975.

Calkins, Carroll C. The Story of America. Pleasantville, N.Y.: Reader's Digest Association, 1975.

Hofstadter, Richard, Daniel Aaron, and William Miller. The American Republic. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1970.

Blum, John Morton. The National Experience; A History of the United States. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich, Inc., 1968. [Image used in at least 4 editions of this book.]

Russell, Phillips. Jefferson: Champion of the Free Mind. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1956.
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