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The Passage of the Delaware

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Admired for his lively brushwork, Thomas Sully was the leading portrait painter in Philadelphia in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. Historical subjects such as this one were rare in his oeuvre of well over two thousand portraits. Sully studied first with a succession of miniature...

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Lower right, on coat hem of soldier mounting horse: TS. F[e]ct. 1819. [TS in monogram]


1819, originally commissioned by the State of North Carolina, but commission rescinded; 1823, sold by the artist to John Doggett, Boston for $500; 1823, sold by John Doggett to Ethan Allen Greenwood for his New England Museum in Boston; 1839, sold by Ethan Allen Greenwood to Moses Kimball for the Boston Museum and Gallery of Fine Arts, which opened in 1841(Old Boston Museum, Hall of Curios); 1903, gift of the owners of the Old Boston Museum to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 26, 1903)

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Gift of the Owners of the old Boston Museum



372.11 x 525.78 cm (146 1/2 x 207 in.)

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Oil on canvas