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Paintings & Miniatures

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The Maryland Center for History and Culture permanent collection is home to more than 2,000 paintings and miniatures. Some of the highlights of our vast collection include portraits of Maryland heroes from the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, the world’s largest collection of paintings and miniatures by members of the Peale family, portrait paintings by Joshua Johnson–the first professional African American portrait painter in the United States, and Maryland landscapes by Francis Guy, considered one of the most important English artists to come to America in the late 18th century.


Images: William Stone, 1774-1775, by Charles Willson Peale, 1973.83.1; Home Sweet Home (inset), 1911, by Edward van Reuth, 1994.101.1.



Visit our Digital Collections to view a sampling of materials from the Paintings and Miniatures Collection.

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Since 1844, we have collected, preserved, and interpreted Maryland's diverse history, art, and culture. Visit and see it at the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

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