The son of the famous colonial painter and scientist Charles Willson Peale, Raphaelle assisted his father in the establishment of a natural history museum, wrote papers describing new designs for stoves and fireplaces, patented a process for preserving ships' bottoms and pilings from marine worms, published a theory of the universe, and developed recipes for preserving specimens at the Peale Museum. As a boy he learned oil and miniature portraiture in his father's studio and later became the first American still life painter of note.
Oil on wood 26 x 18.4 cm (10.24" x 7.24") Museum of Fine Art (San Francisco, United States)
Cheese and Three Crackers
1813 Oil on panel 26.67 x 17.78 cm (10½" x 7") Public collection