Thomas Sully

Lot Details

Lot 1133
Thomas Sully
American, 1783-1872
Portrait of Commodore James Biddle, 1839
Inscribed TS and dated 1839 on the reverse, evidently transcribed from the original canvas
Oil on canvas
29 3/4 x 24 7/8 inches

Nicholas Biddle, the sitter's brother
Judge Craig Biddle
Mrs. Thomas Fraser Dixon
Mrs. Clement Reeves Wainwright
Nicholas B. Wainwright, thence by descent through the family

Philadelphia, PA, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Memorial Exhibition of Portraits by Thomas Sully, 1922
New York, Duveen Brothers, Loan Exhibition of Soldiers and Sailors in American Wars, 1945

Edward Biddle and Mantle Fielding, The Life and Works of Thomas Sully, Wickersham Press, Philadelphia, 1921, p. 99, cat. no. 132
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Catalogue of the Memorial Exhibition of the Portraits by Thomas Sully, 1922, p. 68, illus. no. 97

C The Christine Biddle Wainwright Collection

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Sold for $94,500 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

The varnish is a bit uneven and has yellowed a bit. There are careful touches of inpaint in the sitter's forehead and in his left cheek (viewer's right), further inpainting to be found in the shadow under the subjects chin. In his coat and in the background small touches of inpaint used to minimize the appearance of craquelure can seen. There is a small abrasion in the lower left quadrant and another in the upper right. Glue relined.

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Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Sold for $94,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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