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Thomas Sully papers, 1792-1871

Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872

Painter, Miniature painter


Collection Information

Size: 3 Items, (619 p. on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Register of paintings, 1801-1871 (1 v., 139 p.); Sully's hints for pictures, 1809-1871 (179 p. typescript), including techniques for painting portraits, ingredients for colors, care and preservation of paintings, criticisms of other artists and explanations of their paintings and techniques; and a journal, 1792-1793 and 1799-1846 (1 v., 301 p. typescript).

Biographical/Historical Note

Portrait painter; Philadelphia, Pa.


Microfilmed 1956 by the Archives of American Art with other art-related papers in the Manuscript Division of the New York Public Library. Included in the microfilming project were selected papers of the Art Division and the Prints Division.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the New York Public Library, Manuscript Division.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel N18 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Thomas Sully papers, 1792-1871. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.