Titian Ramsey Peale

1799-1885

Titian Ramsey Peale was reared in a large Philadelphia family of artist-scientists. While his father, Charles Willson Peale, and some of his brothers achieved more fame, Titian spent a lifetime producing carefully rendered drawings and paintings of natural history subjects. He traveled with several scientific exploring expeditions, most notably the Wilkes Expedition to the South Seas for which he served as chief zoologist.

Peale’s portrayal of birds followed the Alexander Wilson tradition of showing birds in profile, perched on branches or grass clumps, with little animation but with great accuracy.