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Raphaelle Peale (1774–1825). Still Life with Cake, 1818. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1959 (59.166) | Peale's tightly grouped still lifes are often permeated with a delicate melancholy akin to that which characterized the life of the artist; he was an alcoholic who suffered the effects of arsenic and mercury poisoning caused by his work as a taxidermist in his father's museu