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Mays Poetry: Inspired by Charles Willson Peale

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Inspired by Charles Willson Peale

A bouncing baby boy on April 15, 1741 was born.

Charles Willson Peale is the name that his parents chose.

An American portraiture from Maryland

The American Revolution made it a free land!

In England apprenticing under, Benjamin West.

As a miniature portrait artist, he was the best!

Peale joined the Revolutionary war.

Fighting to free America was a chore.

Together with his General George Washington,

In the battlefield, they fought in Trenton.

To the combat zone, Peale brought his art supplies.

And produced miniatures portraits of war officers; Unwise!

The portraits were made larger after the war.

General George Washington was the highest score!

Sold in an auction in 2006 for $21.3 million.

In Peale’s lifetime, it would have equivalent to a zillion.

Organized the Academy of Fine Arts.

Man of many hats, who have created lots!

1,100 portraits, he displayed in his gallery.

His portraits had earned Peale a high salary!

Sima Levy

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