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Moses Williams: Cutter of Profiles
May 17
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Moses Williams: Cutter of Profiles

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Many people know of Charles Willson Peale, a portrait artist and collector who established one of the first public museums in Philadelphia in the 18th century. Lesser known is Moses Williams, one of the Peale family’s slaves who worked in the museum after becoming free. Among his other odd jobs, Williams was a “cutter of profiles”—meaning he created cut silhouette portraits that museum visitors could take away as souvenirs. Join Dr. Gwendolyn Shaw, Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, to explore the life and work of Mr. Williams, and how his story illuminates hidden narratives about race, identity, and art in the age of Peale’s museum. This talk is co-sponsored by the American Philosophical Society Museum. The Wagner's annual member reception will follow the talk - free for members, $10 for non-members.