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 Thomas Sully  (1783 - 1872)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania / England      Known for: portrait, historical, and landscape painting

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Birth
1783 (Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England)
 
Death
1872 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Lived/Active
Pennsylvania / England




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portrait, historical, and landscape painting

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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915
A teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Thomas Sully became one of the foremost early 19th-century portrait painters, known for painting pretty faces on his subjects, often disregarding reality.

He was the son of English actors and was born in Horncastle, Lincolnshire. He came to Philadelphia in 1792 when he was nine years old. Sully showed early drawing talent and first studied with his older brother, Lawrence, a miniature painter.  To earn money, he tried uns (showing 500 of 7260 characters).



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