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Thomas Sully (American 1783-1872)
Fanny Kemble as 'Bianca'
Inscribed Fanny Kemble as Bianca in the Play of/ Fazio. Painted by T. Sully in 1833/ Copied in the year 1855 [sic] by T Sully in gray pencil on verso
Oil on canvas
30 x 25-1/4 in (76.2 x 64.1 cm)Property from the Estate of Anne Harrison Wallace

  • Provenance:
    Likely acquired directly from the artist by Joseph Harrison, Jr. and then by descent to current owner. Thomas Sully and Joseph Harrison, Jr. were both board members of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. In Mr. Harrison''s catalogue of his private collection, the painting is listed as in the possession of Henry C. Carey in 1874.

    This work was part of the private collection of Joseph Harrison, Jr. and is listed in the exhibition catalogue of his collection: Catalogue of Pictures, Statuary and Bronzes in the Gallery of the Late Joseph Harrison, Jr., Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, 1874, no. 29.

    This is possibly no. 962 in Biddle and Fielding''s, The Life and Works of Thomas Sully , Da Capo Press, New York, 1970. The work is described as "Kemble, Frances Anne/ In the character of ''Bianca''. Copied from a former portrait. Begun Nov. 16th, 1865, finished Nov. 30th, 1865. Bust."
  • Condition:
  • Under black light: overall with milky-green varnish with scattered minor inpaint, epecially along area of frame abrasion u.l. edge; relined and restretched, surface with some craquelure, one very small area of white residue on surface. Note that the inscription on back is likely traced from the original.

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September 13, 2019 10:00 AM EDT
Rockville, MD, US


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