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Private memorandum / Thomas Sully, 1837-1859, bulk 1837-1839

Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872

Painter, Miniature painter


Collection Information

Size: 1 Volume, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Leatherbound manuscript, "Private Memorandum," including hints to painters interspersed with Sully's memoirs, quotations from letters, and other writings mostly concerning portrait painting techniques, such as preparation of canvas, mediums, varnishes, and the arrangement of colors on a palette. The main body of the volume was written between 1837 and 1839. At the end are three brief entries dated 1851 no month, 1858 Feb. 4, and 1859 Sept. 21.


Lent for microfilming in 1991 by the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Original in: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 4565 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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How to Cite This Collection

Private memorandum / Thomas Sully, 1837-1859, bulk 1837-1839. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.