Friday, November 9, 2012

American Artist Thomas Sully 1783-1872

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Not long after his return from 8 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.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Jane Grant Gilmor Howard

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.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Madame Brujere and Child

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 (American artist, 1783–1872)  Sally Etting.

1809 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Mary Abigail Willing Cole.

1812 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Margaret Siddons (Mrs Benjamin Kintzing).

1813 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Mary Harvey.

1813 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Mrs. Caleb Newbold and Son.

1814 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Anna Minor, Mrs Joseph Klapp.

1822 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Elizabeth Bordley (Mrs. James Gibson).

1830 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Mrs. William Griffin.

1830 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Mary Anne Heide Norris.

1830 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Mrs C. Ford.

1831 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Mrs. Don Juan Didios Sebastian.

1831 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Mrs. Ebenezer Stott.

1832 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Abby Ann King Turner Van Pelt.

1833 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Frances Ann Kemble.

1834 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Ann Biddle Hopkinson (Mrs. Francis Hopkinson)

1834 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Blanche Sully

1834 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  The Love Letter.

1835 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Jane Cooper Sully.

1836 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Mary Ann Paton (Mrs. Wood).

1837 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Elizabeth Anne Bates.

1838 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Queen Victoria.

1839 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Ann Elliott of Beaufort, South Carolina.

1839 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Blanch Sully.

1839 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  The Gypsy.

1839 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) The Student.

1840 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Mother & Son.

1842 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Girl Reading

1842 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Mrs. George Lingen.

1844 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Mrs. James Robb and Her 3 Children.

1845 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Mrs James Montgomery Jr.

1851 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Alexander Family.

1858 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Sarah Leveing Riter (Mrs. Thomas Fitzgerald)

1863 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Missy Kieps.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Mother & Child.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Elizabeth Blair Lee.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Elizabeth McEuen Smith.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Elizabeth Wharton (Mrs. William J. McCluney)

 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Girl in Pink.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Gossip.

 Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Lady.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Lady With A Harp.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Miranda.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Miranda.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Miss Pearce.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Mother and Child.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Mrs. Fitzgerald and Daughter.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Mrs. Katherine Matthews.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Mrs Edward Hudson.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Mrs Henry McIlvaine.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Mrs Williams of Port Deposit.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Pocahontas.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872) Queen Victoria.

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)

Thomas Sully (American artist, 1783–1872)  Rebecca Gratz.

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