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Copy after:
Thomas Sully, born Horncastle, England 1783-died Philadelphia, PA 1872  Search this
Sitter:
Mary Walsh McBlair  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on ivory
Dimensions:
image (oval): 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (3.7 x 2.9 cm)
Type:
Painting-Miniature
Date:
ca. 1801-1872
Luce Center Label:
Thomas Sully traveled to England to study under Benjamin West in 1809. Upon his return, he emerged as one of Philadelphia’s leading miniaturists, and by 1830 was regarded as one of the best portrait painters in the country. Compared with his earlier, realistic work, Mary Walsh McBlair is painted in the more sentimental and romantic style that he adopted during his stay in England.
Topic:
Portrait female\head  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer
Object number:
1999.27.47
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1999.27.47