Portrait of George Peabody by James Reid Lambdin
James Reid Lambdin, American (1807-1889)
Portrait of George Peabody (1795-1869)

1857, Oil on Canvas
Private Donation, MSA SC 4680-10-0059

George Peabody's benefactions, totaling more than seven million dollars, were made during his lifetime. He began the practice of giving as a young Baltimore merchant long before he acquired his fortune. Hailed in his day as "the most liberal philanthropist of ancient or modern times," he is today regarded as the founder of modern philanthropy.

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