16 - 17 December 2010
This lot is offered without a reserve
Circle of Thomas Sully (American, 1783-1872)
Portrait of Robert Fulton, holding a watch fob in his right hand
oil on canvas
24 x 20in. (61 x 50.8 cm.)
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Robert Fulton, the sitter, was an engineer and inventor who created the first commercial steamboat.
This lot is offered without reserve.
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