4 March 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 8,750
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
Thomas Sully (1783-1872)
Portrait of Major George Bender
signed with initials and dated 'TS 1830 Feb.' and inscribed 'Major George Bender U.S. Army/at 43 years 10 months/Painted by Thos. Sully, Philadelphia. February 1830' (on the reverse prior to lining)
oil on canvas
30¼ x 25 in. (76.8 x 63.5 cm.)
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Major Geroge Bender, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, joined the United States Army in 1812 and was promoted to Major of the 5th Infantry on April 23, 1830. The present portrait was begun on February 8, 1830 and completed on March 4, 1830.
Private collection, acquired from the above.
By descent to the present owner.
E. Biddle and M. Fielding, The Life and Works of Thomas Sully, 1783-1872, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1921, p. 97, no. 118.
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