Jared Bunce

Artist: Peale, James
Date: 1809

After unsuccessful attempts at being a merchant, Bunce took to the sea and commanded the packet "Georgia," which did business between Charleston and Philadelphia.

Bunce's portrait fits into Peale's third and last period, evidenced by ". . . a further simplification of technique and a greater emphasis on the character of the subject. Less attention is given to detail of costume and more to a study of the face." Here the characterization of the face is strong and unidealized. The background is systematically cross-hatched.


This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984

  • Artist's Dates: 1749 - 1831
  • Artist's Nationality: American
  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Support: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 2 3/4 X 2 3/8 Inches
  • Sitter's Dates: 1759-?
  • Signature: JP 1809
  • Signature Location: bottom left
  • Credit: Gift of Mrs. B. S. Nelson
  • Period: 19th century
  • Accession Number: 1967.034.0001
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