Sale IT191 Lot 1004
HARRIET CANY PEALE (AMERICAN, 1800-1869)
A LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Oil on canvas: 29 x 24 1/4 in., 39 x 34 in. (framed)
Framed; lower left signed and dated: H.C. Peale / 1846
Note: A student of Rembrandt Peale, Harriet Christina Cany first exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1840. That same year she would marry her teacher, Rembrandt Peale, and become part of the famous Peale family.
One hundred and seventy years later in a 2010 Exhibition, Harriet Cany Peale featured in "Remember the Ladies: Women of the Hudson River School."
This particular painting is based on Rembrandt's famous Girl at a Window, 1645 (Dulwich Picture Gallery). A striking difference between the two paintings is the bright red garment in the lower right of Harriet's work instead of the remnants of a red brick wall.
This painting is listed in the codicil to the will of the artist dated January 8, 1869 (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian).
Provenance: Judge George William Brown (1812-1890), Baltimore; and by descent to Mrs. R.E. Lee Marshall, Baltimore, Maryland; Private Collection Washington, D.C.
Literature: Frick Digital Collection #b10728168
Sold for $1,800.00