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Author/Artist Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872, author.
Title Thomas Sully Manuscript and Sketches, 1871, undated.
Dimensions/Medium photocopying rdapm
Description 0.15 linear feet (2 volumes)
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  MS.062    AVAILABLE BY APPT
 Frick Offsite - Request in Advance  113 Su5i    AVAILABLE
 Frick Offsite - Request in Advance  113 Su5i    AVAILABLE
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Summary Manuscript written in Thomas Sully's hand in a notebook with lined paper, titled "Incidents in the life of Thomas Sully; chiefly of painting." Sully, who wrote the account when he was 88 years old, describes his technique, imparts formulas, relates his experiences, and refers to British and American artists of the period such as Gilbert Stuart, Rembrandt Peale, John Singleton Copley, and Benjamin West.
Pages are numbered 1-109, 200-207. The dealer's typed description of the item is mounted on the front flyleaf. Small illustrations appear on several pages and a colored watercolor, showing the three primary colors, appears on page 57. Two original ink sketches for Sully's portraits of John Quincy Adams, 1823, and General Lafayette, 1826, accompany the manuscript.
Reproduction Photocopy and transcript of manuscript available from Frick Book Stacks.
Biographical/historical note Thomas Sully (1783-1872) was an American (English-born) painter of portraits. Sully emigrated from England to South Carolina with his family when he was young. At the age of 18, Sully became a professional painter, and completed over 2,600 paintings during his career. He settled in Philadelphia in 1806, where he resided for the remainder of his life. Sully painted portraits of many notable figures, including John Quincy Adams, the Marquis de Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson, and Queen Victoria.
Cite as Thomas Sully Manuscript and Sketches. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
LC subject Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872.
Genre/Form Studies (visual works)
WorldCat no. 81632668

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