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Thomas Sully (1793-1872)
Property from a Philadelphia Collection
Thomas Sully (1793-1872)

Portrait of John Vaughan

Details
Thomas Sully (1793-1872)
Portrait of John Vaughan
initialed and dated TS 182* lower left
oil on canvas
Sight 19 x 15 in.
Provenance
Sold, Christie's, New York, 13 June 2001, lot 8
Literature
E. Biddle and M. Fielding, The Life and Works of Thomas Sully, (Lancaster, 1921), p. 303, no. 1845
Sale Room Notice
This lot will be offered not subject to a reserve.

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Lot Essay

Thomas Sully (1793-1872) painted six portraits of John Vaughan (1765-1841) between 1815 and 1823. During this period, Sully's offices were in the American Philosophical Society's building, an organization in which Vaughan was an officer. After arriving from England in 1783 Vaughan, a wine merchant, was a prominent and active member of Philadelphia society, serving as curator of the Academy of Natural Sciences and director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He also founded the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia.

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