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Daniel La Motte

1812-1813 Thomas Sully Born: Horncastle, England 1783 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1872 oil on canvas mounted on wood 36 3/8 x 29 in. (92.3 x 73.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand La Motte III 1983.76 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing


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Wilmington, Delaware landowner and cotton merchant Daniel la Motte appears in the latest London fashion, his stylish clothes and relaxed demeanor reflecting the current style of portraiture popular in England and Europe.  Artist Thomas Sully had just completed a sojourn to London and Paris, returning to Philadelphia prepared to paint sitters like La Motte as American aristocrats.  His portrait of La Motte reflects American ambitions to be a great nation, aspiring to cultural parity with the Old World.

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Portrait male - La Motte, Daniel

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paint - oil

fabric - canvas

wood

About Thomas Sully

Born: Horncastle, England 1783 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1872

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