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The Torn Hat

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Thomas Sully was Philadelphia’s leading portraitist in the early nineteenth century. This work displays his characteristically fluid use of paint, a skill he learned in London in emulation of his mentor, the British Romantic portraitist Sir Thomas Lawrence. Even in an era devoted to showing...

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Inscription

note: on verso is a Landscape study; center, on hatband: TS, 1820 [TS in monogram]

Provenance

1821, John Hubbard, Boston; by descent to his daughter, Elizabeth Parkinson Hubbard (Mrs. John Singleton Copley) Greene (1815-1841); 1841, by descent to her husband, Rev. John Singleton Copley Greene (1810-1872); by descent to his son, John Singleton Copley Greene (1845-1872); by descent to his children, Belle Greene and Henry Copley Greene (1871-1951); 1916, gift of Belle Greene and Henry Copley Greene to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 20, 1916)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Belle Greene and Henry Copley Greene in memory of their mother, Mary Abby Greene (Mrs. J. S. Copley Greene)

1820

Dimensions

48.58 x 37.15 cm (19 1/8 x 14 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

16.104

Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

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