Study Guide

The Peale Family in Fever, 1793

By Laurie Halse Anderson

The Peale Family

The Peales are the family with whom Nathaniel is apprenticed. As the novel's Appendix tells us, the Peale family actually existed and were known as the "First Family of American Art." Charles Wilson Peale was a famous portrait painter, and he did indeed have a taxidermy collection. (Read more about the Peale family here.)