• Fine American Paintings, Drawi auction at Christies

    Sale 2285

    Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    4 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 158

    Thomas Sully (1783-1872)

    Portrait of Major George Bender

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    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.

    Provenance

    The artist.
    Private collection, acquired from the above.
    By descent to the present owner.


    Literature

    E. Biddle and M. Fielding, The Life and Works of Thomas Sully, 1783-1872, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1921, p. 97, no. 118.