Date of Award

Spring 1981

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Humanities

Committee Director

Linda F. McGreevy

Abstract

An examination of the Register of Paintings and Journal of Activities written by Thomas Sully reveals his attempt to begin a painting career in Norfolk, Virginia, 1801-1803. A discussion of portraiture in America in the early 19th century precedes the investigation of the Sully family, their theatrical background and influence on Thomas Sully. Descriptive material on Norfolk is provided as background to a close study of Sully's earliest patrons Several early portraits are presented to demonstrate a progressive sophistication.

DOI

10.25777/9b2j-4v76

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