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Small Portrait by Thomas Wilcocks Sully, (Am. 1811-1847)

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Thomas Wilcocks Sully, (Am. 1811-1847)

Portrait of Margarite Campeau of Montreal

Oil on artist board inscribed "Copied from Otis, by, Th. Sully, Jr., 1841" on the reverse and with family history on old backing paper.

Painting: 9" x 7"
Frame 15.25" x 13"

Thomas Wilcocks Sully, born in Philadelphia on January 3, 1811, was one of six children of the portrait painter Thomas Sully and his wife, Sarah Annis Sully, who was his brother Lawrence's widow. The younger Thomas' middle name was probably derived from his father's patron Benjamin Chew Wilcocks, a leading Philadelphia merchant. After studying art with his father, he became a painter of portraits and miniatures. He was active in Philadelphia during the 1830s and 1840s, where he exhibited at the Artists' Fund Society and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He was interested in the theater and executed a series of portraits of famous actors that were engraved by Albert Newsam. His style greatly resembled that of his father, and he later signed his name as Thomas Sully, Jr. He died in Philadelphia on April 18, 1847. [This is an edited version of the artist's biography published, or to be published, in the NGA Systematic Catalogue]

The portrait painters Thomas Sully, Sr. and Bass Otis were introduced by Thomas Wilson, a prominent sign and coach painter in Philadelphia.