(1783 - 1872)
Thomas Sully was active/lived in Pennsylvania / England. Thomas Sully is known for portrait, historical, and landscape painting.
Biography Thomas Sully
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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.
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
unsuccessfully to have a career in insurance but then turned full time
to painting and was able to be critiqued by Gilbert Stuart in
Boston. He embraced Stuart's interest in classical styles, but
favored pretty colors and opaque and glossy surf
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