Rash's Surname Index

Notes for Orville Houghton PEETS

Orville Peets (1884-1966), a Delaware artist, taught at the Wilmington Academy of Art and worked at the Rehoboth Art League. He and wife Ethel Canby bought a home in Millsboro, Delaware, in the early 1930s and were good friends with Ethel and Will Leach. In the 1940s Peets’ talent as a portraitist was in demand. In a 1947 letter to his sister, Ethel Peets wrote that Orville was “up to his neck, smothered in portraits.” His work is in the collections of Delaware Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Hispanic Society of America. With the addition of this portrait, the Museum can trace developments in women’s portraiture from the 18th century through the 20th century.

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