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Robert Street (1796-1865), American

William Logan Fisher (1781-1862), 1833

Oil on canvas

Gift of Michael T. Fox


William Logan Fisher was an industrialist and author of religious texts. He was raised at the “Wakefield” estate (built 1798; northeast corner of Ogontz and Lindley Avenues), which he would inherit from his father in 1807. His first wife, Mary Rodman Fisher, died in 1813 at the age of 32. He was remarried in 1817 to Sarah Lindley, a daughter of Quaker ministers Jacob and Ruth-Anna Lindley of Chester County. Fisher purchased artist Charles Willson Peale’s “Belfield” estate in 1826. La Salle University acquired the property in 1984, after which time these portraits hung in the “Peale House” for many years.

The lives of Fisher descendants that occupied properties on and around La Salle’s campus have been heavily researched by La Salle University students and faculty. The Wister Family Special Collection in the Connelly Library includes written accounts, archival photographs, and other primary documents available for study, and also serves as a repository of student work around these topics. These resources complement the Art Museum’s holdings of works by the Peale family and other local artists. Classes have used both collections simultaneously for projects.

Sarah Seraphin, MSLS, CA

Rare Materials Librarian

Expanded Literacies

  • 4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning
  • 5. Information Literacy

Effective Expression

  • 8. Oral and Written Communication

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