Thomas Sully

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Birthday
19, 1783
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Nov 5, 1872 (89)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
19, 1783
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Nov 5, 1872 (89)

About

British-born portrait painter. His famous artistic subjects included John Quincy Adams and the Marquis de Lafayette.

Before Fame

He began painting at the age of twelve and, by eighteen, was a professional portrait artist.

Trivia

He painted landscapes and historical scenes as well as portraits and is particularly remembered for an 1819 piece entitled Passage of the Delaware.

Family Life

He and his artist brother, Lawrence Sully, were born in Lincolnshire, England and later settled in the United States. After his brother's death, Thomas Sully married his sister-in-law, Sarah Annis Sully, with whom he raised his nieces and nephews and his own nine children.

Associated With

He painted several portraits of United States President Thomas Jefferson.