PENNSYLVANIA. PHILADELPHIA. Share. black. No 664. Trimmed left border. Charles W. Peale (1741-1827) was a famous American painter but also had a great interest in natural history. As such, he founded the Peale's American Museum (around 1801) in Philadelphia; it was one of the very first US museums and housed botanical, biological and archaeological collections. After his death, the museum was sold to showmen P.T. Barnum and Moses Kimball and renamed it the Philadelphia Museum Co. In 1836, Nathan Dunn (1782-1844) became its new President. In 1818 Dunn went to Canton, China for buying & selling. When he returned to the US, he brought with him a large collection of Chinese artistic objects which he showed in the United States and Great Britain. His collection was also displayed at the Philadelphia Museum and soon after, Dunn became the museum's President. As such, he also signed this share. After his death, Christie's sold his fantastic collection, consisting of some ten thousand Chinese artifacts. Must be one of the oldest museum shares we have ever seen.
Date: 23 March 1840
Startprice: € 200