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After his brother Lawrence died, Thomas kept matters in the family, taking Lawrence's 4 children under his wing and marrying his widow Sarah with whom he had 9 more children, including the duo pictured here, his daughters Blanche and Rosalie. Though the neo-classical style had dominated portraiture at the beginning of the 19th century, Sully became influenced by Romanticism. Instead of the stylized, formal poses typical of neo-classicism, this portrait reveals the character of the girls, playing off the more restrained Blanche, who sits straight and gazes into the distance beyond the canvas, with the playful and bold eye contact...
Created by: Sully, Thomas
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Actors Matthew and Sarah Sully came to America from England with their nine children in 1792. Their son Thomas Sully (1783-1872) first trained as a miniature painter with his French brother-in-law and then his brother Lawrence, whose widow he later married. Having also studied face painting with noted artist Gilbert Stuart, Sully became best known for his portraits, but also occasionally produced historical works and charming genre paintings like "Children Playing". One of the most popular artists of the early 19th century, he eventually completed more than 2,600 paintings. Signed on back of painting, " Thomas Sully No. 14." ...
Created by: Sully, Thomas
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