Tuesday, November 16, 2010

19th-Century American Women by Thomas Sully 1783-1872

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Not long after his return from eight months study with Benjamin West in London in 1809, Thomas Sully (1783-1872) became, with Gilbert Stuart, one of the most accomplished portraitists in the United States.

Sully was born in England, and came as a boy to Charleston, South Carolina, with his actor-parents. His initial instruction in painting was provided by his Charleston schoolmate, Charles Fraser; his brother-in-law, Jean Belzons; and his older brother, Lawrence Sully, all miniature portrait painters.

In 1799, Thomas followed his brother to Richmond, Virginia; and later both artists worked in Norfolk. Sully became a professional painter at age 18 in 1801. In 1806, he moved to New York City; and in 1807, he traveled to Boston for 3 weeks of instruction from Gilbert Stuart. Later that year he settled in Philadelphia, where he remained for his long career. Only a few of his amazing output of portraits are represented here.

1808 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Sally Etting.

1809 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mary Abigail Willing Cole.

1812 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Margaret Siddons (Mrs Benjamin Kintzing).

1813 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mary Harvey.

1813 Thomas Sully (1783-1872) Mrs. Caleb Newbold and Son.

1814 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Anna Minor, Mrs Joseph Klapp.

1822 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Elizabeth Bordley (Mrs. James Gibson).

1830 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mrs. William Griffin.

1830 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mary Anne Heide Norris.

1830 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mrs C. Ford.

1831 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mrs. Don Juan Didios Sebastian.

1831 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mrs. Ebenezer Stott.

1832 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Abby Ann King Turner Van Pelt.

1833 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Frances Ann Kemble.

1834 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Ann Biddle Hopkinson (Mrs. Francis Hopkinson).

1834 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Blanche Sully.

1834 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). The Love Letter.

1835 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Jane Cooper Sully.

1836 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mary Ann Paton (Mrs. Wood).

1837 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Elizabeth Anne Bates.

1838 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Queen Victoria.

1839 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Ann Elliott of Beaufort, South Carolina.

1839 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Blanch Sully.

1839 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). The Gypsy.

1839 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). The Student.

1840 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mother & Son.

1842 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Girl Reading.

1842 Thomas Sully (1783-1872) Mrs. George Lingen.

1844 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mrs. James Robb and Her 3 Children.

1845 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mrs James Montgomery Jr.

1851 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Alexander Family.

1858 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Sarah Leveing Riter (Mrs. Thomas Fitzgerald)

1863 Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Missy Kieps.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mother & Child.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Elizabeth Blair Lee.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Elizabeth McEuen Smith.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Elizabeth Wharton (Mrs. William J. McCluney)

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Girl in Pink.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Gossip.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Lady.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Lady With A Harp.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Miranda.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Miranda.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Miss Pearce.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mother and Child.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mrs. Fitzgerald and Daughter.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mrs. Katherine Matthews.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mrs Edward Hudson.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mrs Henry McIlvaine.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Mrs Williams of Port Deposit.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Pocahontas.

Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Queen Victoria.

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Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Rebecca Gratz.
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