Mary Walsh McBlair

  • Thomas Sully, Mary Walsh McBlair, ca. 1801-1872, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.47

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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.

Title
Mary Walsh McBlair
Artist
Date
ca. 1801-1872
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image (oval): 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (3.7 x 2.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – McBlair, Mary Walsh – head
Object Number
1999.27.47
Palette
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