Art: Who's Who in Philadelphia

The proud boast of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the nation's oldest art institution, is that until some 30 years ago almost every eminent figure in American art had been either an academy teacher or student. Last week in its brick and limestone quarters on Philadelphia's Broad Street, the academy celebrated its 150th birthday and backed up its boast by displaying 254 outstanding paintings and sculptures by former students and faculty members.

The exhibit came close to being a Who's Who of American painting, sweeping from Charles Willson Peale, the academy's founder,...

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