Written on the back of this portrait in later script is Mrs. Peddy Bowen of Norton Mass /Widow of Chancellor Bowen of Rhode Island/daughter of Col. George/Leonard of Norton/who was the first Representative in the Congress/of the United States during the presidency of Washington from the District which comprised/The counties of Bristol, Duke's & Nantucket/The mother of Mrs. Bowen was a daughter of /Col. Saml White. Francis Baylis' mother/was her sister--Bathsheba White/Mrs. Bowen died in 1850 aged 90 years
Mrs. Peddy Bowen, daughter of the Hon. George Leonard and Experience White of Norton, Massachusetts married Jabez Bowen (1739-1815) on June 3, 1801. A portrait of Mrs. Jabez Bowen by an Anonymous Artist, c.1810-1815 is in the Collection of the Rhode Island Historical Society.
Born on April 15, 1741 in Maryland, Charles Willson Peale is renowned for his portraiture throughout the Revolutionary era. In 1762, Peale developed an interest in painting with initial lessons from John Hesselius in Maryland and then in Boston with John Singleton Copley. Funded by eleven Marylanders, he traveled to London in 1767 to study under Benjamin West. By 1770, Peale returned home, although his commissions carried him as far as Baltimore, Philadelphia and Williamsburg. In 1776 Peale moved to Philadelphia and served during the Revolutionary War. He subsequently painted portraits of Washington and other partiots involved in the struggle for independence. By 1782, he had opened a painting gallery in Philadelphia and in 1786, he established the Peale Museum in Independence Hall, where in his later years he devoted his interests to natural history and science.