Ralph Izard

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Izard
Portrait by John Singleton Copley, 1775

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QUICK FACTS
BORN:
23 January 1741/42 at The Elms family estate near Charleston, South Carolina
  DIED:
30 May 1804 at The Elms

  • Buried in the churchyard of St. James Goose Creek Episcopal Church, outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
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Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

 

Charles Willson Peale, despite his devotion to the taxonomic and contemplative majesty of the natural world, nevertheless loved novelties and used all sorts of amusements to attract customers to his museum. He eventually resorted to hiring a popular musical performer who played five different instruments simultaneously, using all parts of his body. Following Peale’s death the museum passed into the enterprising hands of P. T. Barnum, becoming part of his traveling circus — a romantic ending for an Enlightenment institution.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)