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The full name of J. T. Peele was John Thomas Peele as illustrated in
Oil painting on board signed John Thomas Peele (J. T. Peele pinxt
1845) "The Orange Girl", inscribed on rear "The Orange Girl painted by
J. T. Peele and presented by him to his brother Robert Isle of Man
August 29th 1858"
John Thomas Peele, British artist was born on April 11, 1822 and died
on May 19, 1897.
Biography courtesy of Haynes Fine Art:
John Thomas Peele born in Peterborough, was a painter of genre,
landscapes and portraits.
At the age of twelve he emigrated to America with his parents, they
settled in Buffalo where he began painting.
Peele studied in New York and later worked in Albany for two years as
a portrait painter, after which time he then returned to New York and
was elected a member of the National Academy of Design.
About 1851 he went to London, where he remained, except for stays in
Liverpool and the Isle of Man.
Peele exhibited at Suffolk Street with one hundred and sixty-six works
also exhibiting at the Royal Academy between 1852 and 1891 and at the
His genre subjects often with children were very popular and one was
bought by Prince Albert. He also had many patrons in America,
including Frederick Church, the landscape painter.
Source: Haynes Fine Art
John Thomas Peele
artist, born in Peterborough, England, in 1822. He came to this
country when a child, and during his youth painted per-traits here,
and also, during 1841-'4, in England. Later he turned his attention to
genre painting, children being a favorite subject with him. About 1846
he settled in New York, where he was elected an associate of the
National academy in that year. In 1851 he finally returned to England,
where he became a member of the Society of British artists, and where
he has since had his studio, residing on the Isle of Man from 1858
Some of his works are:
- Children of the Wood (1847)
- Music of the Reeds (1857)
- Children of Robert Thornton (1872)
- Highland Supper
- The Little Laundress
- Prayer for Health
- Recitation for Grandpa
- The Village School
- Heavily Laden (1879)
- Cornish Fish Girl (1884)
- A Bit of Gossip
- The Bird's Nest (1885)
At the Ancestry message board I located the following information that
appears to fit in perfectly:
Parents: Thomas and Frances Peele
Wife: Sarah Alicia Elliot (1844)
Thomas and Frances Peele emigrated to Buffalo in 1834 and
subsequently moved to NYC. They had 5 children:
John Thomas Peele (1822-1897) married to Sarah Alice Elliott about
1844 in England.
J.T. PEELE - "The Knitting Lesson"
JOHN THOMAS PEELE
Signed and dated lower center: J.T. Peele
Oil painting on board
20 x 26 inches
John Thomas Peele 1853
Oil on canvas, 36 x 28 in.
John Thomas Peele
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