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West crater of Kaluea Pele from the Black Ledge, 1840

 Item — Box: RF-65-A, item: Art Survey no. 432
Identifier: 100200394

Scope and Contents

Depicts the interior of the Kilauea Volcano crater, with burning lava and smoke, with three men standing on dried lava rock. In gilt wood frame with linen matte, 38 x 47 cm.

Painting signed "T.R.P." and dated 1841 at lower right; based on a sketch made Nov. 22, 1840.

On verso of painting: 178, West crater of 'Kaluea Pele' from the 'Black Ledge.' TR Peale November 22, 1840. A176.5/12. On verso of frame: "P5."


  • 1840

Conditions Governing Access

Please contact Special Collections; materials are sometimes restricted


1 Painting : oil on board ; 30 x 38 cm; 38 x 47 cm (in frame)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location


Stored in box (50 x 81 x 8 cm.), along with three other paintings by Peale.


Exhibited at the Kennedy Galleries ("The Fabulous Peale Family"), June 13-July 8, 1960.
George Washington University ("T.R. Peale"), 1981.
Lyman House Memorial Museum ("Hilo 1825-1925"), December 11, 1983-February 15, 1984.


Art Survey no. 432

"US Exploring Expedition, August 18, 1838 – June 10, 1842", oil painting

Also known as: Kalueau Pele from the Black Ledge (Hawaii), 1840 (Title from plaque mounted on frame.)


Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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