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Artist:
Thomas Sully, born Horncastle, England 1783-died Philadelphia, PA 1872  Search this
Sitter:
Daniel La Motte  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas mounted on wood
Dimensions:
36 3/8 x 29 in. (92.3 x 73.8 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1812-1813
Gallery Label:
Wilmington, Delaware landowner and cotton merchant Daniel la Motte appears in the latest London fashion, his stylish clothes and relaxed demeanor reflecting the current style of portraiture popular in England and Europe. Artist Thomas Sully had just completed a sojourn to London and Paris, returning to Philadelphia prepared to paint sitters like La Motte as American aristocrats. His portrait of La Motte reflects American ambitions to be a great nation, aspiring to cultural parity with the Old World.
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand La Motte III
Object number:
1983.76
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2nd Floor, South Wing
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1983.76