Mary Walsh McBlair
ca. 1801-1872 Copy after Thomas Sully Born: Horncastle, England 1783 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1872 watercolor on ivory image (oval): 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (3.7 x 2.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.47 Not currently on view
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Thomas Sully traveled to England to study under Benjamin West in 1809. Upon his return, he emerged as one of Philadelphia’s leading miniaturists, and by 1830 was regarded as one of the best portrait painters in the country. Compared with his earlier, realistic work, Mary Walsh McBlair is painted in the more sentimental and romantic style that he adopted during his stay in England.
Portrait female - McBlair, Mary Walsh - head
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor