Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Sarah Peale

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Sarah Peale
b. 1800, Philadelphia; d. 1885, Philadelphia

Sarah Miriam Peale was the daughter of miniaturist and still-life painter James Peale, member of an illustrious family of artists. Trained by two relatives, she served as a studio assistant to her father. She worked in Baltimore and Philadelphia in her early years and was accepted to the Pennsylvania Academy in 1824. Peale became independently successful as a painter of portraits, mainly of politicians and military figures, and the occasional still life, working mostly in St. Louis, where she settled in 1847. She returned to her hometown in 1878, living out her last years there.

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