he presented the six portraits. The Corporation of Annapolis accepted them with enthusiasm, and they hang at the State House to this day.
A few days later, 2 July 1824, Charles Willson Peale wrote to Thomas Jefferson. After apologizing for not visiting him at Monticello during his recent trip, Peale explained: “I had made an offer of six portraits of the Governors elected since the Revolution, for a whole length picture of Lord Baltimore; this trip into Maryland was to complete my engagement. It is done, the Corporation of the City of Annapolis approves and accepts my work. I could not find any portraits of two of the number named to me; therefore I substituted others, one of them which I chose to make was from the life, Governor Sprigg. I believe my powers to produce good portraits is greater than formerly, although the imagination of an aged man may not be so sprightly, yet the judgment may be better.”
I am pleased to present to you today Governor Samuel Sprigg of Northampton, Prince George’s County, this year’s honored inductee to the Prince George’s County Hall of Fame.

Susan G. Pearl
April 1991