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Thomas Sully
Daniel La Motte
1812–13
oil
36 3/8 x 29 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand La Motte III



Famed portraitist Thomas Sully presents Baltimore merchant Daniel La Motte as a contemplative romantic figure, casually lounging with disheveled hair. His sumptuously detailed clothes, in the style of English fashion leader Beau Brummel, indicate La Motte's status and prosperity. The lush landscape seen through the window represents his holdings on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and establishes him as a gentleman landowner as well.